Berlin: Germany coach Joachim Loew has dropped forward Cacau and teenager Julian Draxler from his Euro 2012 squad after cutting four players to finalise his list on Monday.
The Cacau omission means Loew will travel to Poland and Ukraine with only two out-and-out strikers in Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose.
"I knew from the start that there would be a lot of competition," said the 31-year-old Brazil-born striker who was part of the 2010 World Cup squad but lost his starting spot at VfB Stuttgart this season.
"Like the younger players I am also very disappointed but still feel part of the team and wish them from the bottom of my heart to play a great Euro."
Loew also left 20-year-old Borussia Moenchengladabach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen at home after he conceded five goals in the 5-3 friendly defeat by Switzerland on Saturday.
"I am obviously disappointed. But the defeat on my international debut was an important moment in my career and I hope to get the chance again," Ter Stegen said.