Russian Federation 2018: Joachim Low extends contract with Germany


Germany, who claimed their fourth world title in Brazil in 2014 courtesy of Mario Gotze's extra-time victor against Argentina at the Maracana, named 27 players in their provisional squad for next month's competition.

Nine other players from Germany's winning 2014 squad will be on board as the Nationalmannschaft eye back-to-back trophies this summer. "We want to see him play the way he did at the European Championship (in 2012)", he said.

Uncapped Petersen is regarded to be a certainty for the final squad of 23 that Loew has to announce on June 4 following the two-week training camp. "He's our captain and we hope that he can go into the tournament 100 percent fit".

"He got 15 goals with a team that does not create many goal chances".

Low 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. In 2016, he was amazingly selected for the Olympic football team that won the silver medal.

The winger missed the 2014 tournament in Brazil, despite being named in the initial squad, after sustaining an ankle injury in the team's warm-up win over Armenia.

Despite Wagner's absence, Bayern are still represented by seven players - Neuer, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Sule, Thomas Muller and Sebastian Rudy.

Manchester City pair Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan, Paris Saint-Germain's Julien Draxler, Sami Khedira of Juventus, Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona and Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger all made the cut.

The defending champions have been drawn in Group F alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, and will begin their World Cup preparations with a friendly against Austria on 2 June, before facing Saudi Arabia on 8 June.