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Neuer makes German squad, but not 2014 hero Gotze

17 May 2018

Joachim Low has told Manuel Neuer he must gain match practice if the Germany captain is to be part of his country's World Cup defence.

We want to see for ourselves if Manuel Neuer is fit, we have a chance to see and assess him.

There are seven Bayern representatives in Low's initial squad, including Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels, Sebastian Rudy and Joshua Kimmich, but four players will have to be cut when the coach names his final 23.

"Both sides are aware of their responsibilities".

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.

"My job as national manager is unfortunately also to shatter dreams and make hard decisions", the 58-year-old said.

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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.

Others on the outside looking in will be injured Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl and forward Andre Schurrle and Arsenal defender Skhodran Mustafi.

A further five players from overseas - Real Madrid's Toni Kroos, Juventus' Sami Khedira, Paris Saint-Germain's Kevin Trapp and Julian Draxler and Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen - also made the cut.

Germany will begin their World Cup campaign on 17 June against Mexico.

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.

Neuer makes German squad, but not 2014 hero Gotze