Mario Gotze Misses Out On Germany's Provisional Squad

Muriel Colon
May 15, 2018

Neuer's appointment is a surprise as the goalkeeper has been sidelined with a metatarsal break since September 2017.

The 32-year-old Neuer suffered a broken bone in his foot and only returned to training days ago but Germany coach Joachim Loew chose to take four keepers to the training camp in the Italian Alps from May 23-June 5. He is 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.

Seemingly as a result of Gomez's inclusion Sandro Wagner misses out, despite an impressive season at Bayern Munich.

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.

Joachim Low has extended his stay as Germany head coach and named Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in his provisional squad for the forthcoming World Cup. He's now taking a full part in training in Munich. We will be open and honest after the training camp, and without match practice, you can't go into a tournament.

The title-holders will have to submit their final 23-man squad including three goalkeepers on June 4.

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.


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

"We had to make a decision, and it was made in favour of [Mario] Gomez and Petersen", Low said.

Leipzig's Timo Werner will be the first-choice forward in Russian Federation.

An enviable array of attacking options is enhanced by Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus, whose extensive catalogue of fitness problems served to rule him out of both Euro 2016 and the previous World Cup.

"It wasn't his best season". "He did not show what his qualities are. Personally, I'm very sorry for him", Loew said of Goetze. Aside from the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Julian Draxler and Mesut Ozil, there are also still places at stake in Germany's midfield - an area of considerable strength.

Ozil and Gundogan have been criticised by the German Football Federation (DFB) for posing in photos with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "Some (of the reaction) seems to be over the top to me".

They face Sweden in Sochi six days later before rounding off their Group F campaign against South Korea in Kazan.

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