World Cup Goal Hero Gotze Won't Repeat The Feat!

World Cup Goal Hero Gotze Won't Repeat The Feat!

World Cup Goal Hero Gotze Won't Repeat The Feat!

Four players will be cut from the squad before the finals begin.

"Manuel is getting back into full training this week at Bayern Munich, that assures us that he can tolerate the full load in the training camp", explained Loew.

Manager Joachim Low, who has freshly extended his contract until World Cup 2022, has named an initial 27-man squad, which will be trimmed to 23 before the Federation Internationale de Football Association deadline of June 4.

Loew has included the Bayern Munich goalkeeper in his provisional squad, along with Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bayer Leverkusen's Bernd Leno and PSG stopper Kevin Trapp.

However, Loew pulled a surprise by handing a first call-up to Freiburg striker Nils Petersen, 29, the top-scoring German in the Bundesliga this season with 15 goals.

Sidelined by injury for most of the season, Manuel Neuer has given Germany boss Joachim Loew a selection headache ahead of Tuesday's World Cup squad announcement.

"From the DFB's perspective, it has been made clear that it was not a good decision, but I didn't think of leaving them out for a second", said Germany head coach Joachim Loew.

Given Loew's trust in experienced players, local media are speculating that 2014 World Cup hero Mario Goetze could be recalled despite a disappointing season at Borussia Dortmund and his omission for the recent friendlies with Spain and Brazil.

A groin injuy to Jerome Boateng has left the centre-back in a race against time to be fit for the finals, with defensive options limited beyond regulars Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich and Cologne's Jonas Hector.

Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Oezil (Arsenal), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich).

Die Mannschaft will take on Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in an intriguing looking Group F in Russian Federation.

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