Germany announce 27-man squad; Gotze, Can, Mustafi dropped

Germany announce 27-man squad; Gotze, Can, Mustafi dropped

Germany announce 27-man squad; Gotze, Can, Mustafi dropped

Of this squad list, four will be cut for the final group before the World Cup kicks off in June. "We want to observe him ourselves to form an impression and will be able to do that at the training camp", Loew said of the side's preparations in South Tyrol, Italy, from May 23.

Germany have announced their preliminary 27-man squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer, and there's a place in the squad for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Low, however, has included the Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer despite has not featured since September were he suffered a foot injury.

Loew has included the Bayern Munich goalkeeper in his provisional squad, along with Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bayer Leverkusen's Bernd Leno and PSG stopper Kevin Trapp.

While Goetze misses out, coach Joachim Loew pulled a surprise by handing Freiburg striker Nils Petersen a first call-up.

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"We had to make a decision, and it was made in favour of [Mario] Gomez and Petersen", Low said. Reus, who missed half of this season through injury, was ruled out of the 2014 World Cup after being injured in Germany's last warm-up match.

Marco Reus was also selected, but Borussia Dortmund teammate Goetze was left out.

The buildup to the squad announcement was overshadowed by photos of midfielders Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan presenting jerseys to Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London at the weekend.

Germany enjoyed a stunning success over hosts Brazil in the semi-finals, running out 7-1 winners, and went on to beat Argentina in extra-time in the final.

Germany are in Group F with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in this summer's tournament in Russian Federation.

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