Manuel Neuer in Germany's 2018 World Cup Provisional Squad, Gotze Misses out

Anna Jefferson
May 15, 2018

Reinhard Grindel, the president of the DFB, confirmed the news at the announcement of Germany's World Cup squad for the Russian Federation 2018 finals and also revealed Oliver Bierhoff, the national team's director, has extended until 2024. However, the Bayern Munich goalkeeper will be monitored during the training camp, reports Xinhua news agency.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus have been included in Germany's provisional squad for the 2018 World Cup, although Mario Gotze has missed out.

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).

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"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.

The 2014 World Cup victor had been linked with several high profile roles, including the vacant Arsenal post.

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Freiburg striker Nils Petersen earned his first call-up to the national team, ensuring his place in the squad ahead of Bayern Munich forward Sandro Wagner.

There is no place in Loew's squad for Goetze, who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup finals, after an erratic season at Borussia Dortmund.

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.

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Germany are in Group F with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in this summer's tournament in Russian Federation.

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