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Neuer Included; Gotze, Wagner Omitted from Germany's Preliminary World Cup Squad

16 May 2018

Emre Can has been left out of Germany's 27-man provisional World Cup squad.

Neuer's appointment is a surprise as the goalkeeper has been sidelined with a metatarsal break since September 2017. Loew opts for Petersen over Bayern Munich forward Sandro Wagner. "Nils Petersen is a great trump card". "I have always said that for me Joachim Loew is the best coach for the national team".

It is proving to be a tough time for Can as he is set to miss both teh Champions league final and World Cup, in the peak of his career.

"It wasn't Mario's season".

Bayern striker Wagner misses out on the tournament as Loew favoured Stuttgart veteran striker Mario Gomez.

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi and Liverpool midfielder Emre Can have both been snubbed too, while Sven Ulreich, who has played nearly the whole season with Bayern Munich, has been left out.

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Loew will need to present his final squad selection to Federation Internationale de Football Association by June 4.

Germany face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in World Cup Group F and will prepare in the Italian Alps from May 23 to June 5 ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation.

But manager Joachim Low, who has extended his contract to 2022, names the world-class keeper along with Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bayer Leverkusen's Bernd Leno and PSG stopper Kevin Trapp.

They are joined by Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.

Meanwhile, starlets Julian Brandt, Leroy Sane, Joshua Kimmich, and Timo Werner have all been called up. Find us on Facebook too!

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Neuer Included; Gotze, Wagner Omitted from Germany's Preliminary World Cup Squad