Germany Announce Provisional World Cup Squad, 7 Stars Snubbed

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Meanwhile, Gotze, who scored the extra-time victor in the final against Argentina four years ago, was not included in Germany's 27-man preliminary squad.

The 27-man squad announced on Tuesday by Germany coach, Joachim Low, is made up of four goalkeepers, nine defenders, ten midfielders and four strikers.

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.

He is among four keepers included in the 27-player squad that will open a training camp in Italy next week.

"To work with the best players in Germany, then develop them and to make them better, to form a team that sets the highest goals, this is what drives and still gives me joy".

"Both sides are aware of their responsibilities".


"But right now, things look good".

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.

The Premier League is also represented in the squad, with Arsenal's Mesut Ozil joined by Manchester City duo Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane, along with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Loew, whose current deal runs out in 2020, has been in charge for 12 years and in 2014 led Germany to their fourth World Cup title.

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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