Germany reveal provisional squad for 2018 World Cup


Germany's World cup winning manager Joachim Loew has left out the man who plundered the winning goal in the 2014 World cup final in Rio against Argentina.

Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen has proved a reliable deputy since filling in for Neuer, but Germany's depth at other positions was called into question during a 1-0 loss to Brazil in March.

Neuer, who hasn't played since September because of a hairline fracture in his left foot, was one of four goalkeepers to be selected as Germany coach Joachim Loew gives him every chance of proving his fitness for the tournament in Russian Federation.

"We will see how it goes from day-to-day", Germany coach Joachim Loew told reporters. "I think he has vast quality and he has proved this but he was not in that form". Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus was among Loew's surprises, as the coach didn't rely on him in his entire career with the national team, as the player always suffers from injuries before the national tournaments such as the World Cup and Euro.

The Bayern Munich goalkeeper, and Germany number 1 goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer who has been injured for the majority of the season has been assessed by his country's medical staff before the tournament. "He has great intelligence in the game and in the second half of the season he was in really good form".

Goalkeepers Manuel Neuer and Nils Petersen made it into the provisional squad whereas midfielder Mario Goetze and striker Sandro Wagner have not been included.

Germany play their last warm-up games against Austria a day later and take on Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen on June 8.