Hero Gotze Misses Out On Germany's World Cup Squad

Germany coach Joachim Loew to stay through 2022 World Cup

Joachim Low pens new Germany contract and drops 27-man Provisional squad for the forthcoming World Cup.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer makes the cut in the provisional squad after being out of action since September due to broken foot.

But there is a notable absentee with World Cup final goal scorer Mario Gotze missing out.

"We will be open and honest after the training camp, and without match practice, you can't go into a tournament".

Bayern attacker Sandro Wagner, who moved from Hoffenheim to Bayern in January to increase his chances of playing at the World Cup, was not selected despite scoring eight league goals for the Bundesliga champions in 14 matches.

Loew also opted to stick with the experienced Mario Gomez as his second-choice striker behind Timo Werner and picked Freiburg's Nils Petersen ahead of Sandro Wagner.

There are also places for Manchester City duo Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane, while Freiburg's uncapped Nils Peterson is a surprise inclusion in the 35.The preliminary squad must be whittled down to just 23 players by June 4.

An enviable array of attacking options is enhanced by Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus, whose extensive catalogue of fitness problems served to rule him out of both Euro 2016 and the previous World Cup.

The squad and their club-side are as follows: Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern), Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Kevin Trapp (PSG).

After the Federation Internationale de Football Association deadline, a player can only be replaced if he seriously injures himself 24 hours before the team's first World Cup match.

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