Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in Germany's preliminary World Cup squad, Mario Goetze out

Neuer among four keepers in Germany's World Cup squad Wagner & Gotze left out

Neuer among four keepers in Germany's World Cup squad Wagner & Gotze left out

Liverpool's Emre Can, Bayern's Sandro Wagner and Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze are among the names to miss out, while Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Man City's Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan are among the Premier League contingent to be named. He has always made a very good impression. "They have have expressed regret and done a lot for integration in Germany". The 32-year-old Bayern Munich star has not played for eight months with a fractured foot.

The title-holders will have to submit their final 23-man squad including three goalkeepers on June 4. Neuer must now prove his fitness at a fortnight-long training camp in northern Italy, which started yesterday.

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.

Borussia Dortmund's midfielder Goetze, who scored the victor against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final, will miss the tournament in Russian Federation due to poor performances in the past season. "We saw that it was not his season, not the normal form with his quality", Loew told reporters.

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Jerome Boateng is named in the squad despite the centre-back missing the end of the season with a thigh injury, while uncapped Freiburg striker Nils Petersen earns a place after scoring 15 Bundesliga goals last term and Mario Gomez is also included. "Personally, I'm very sorry for him", Loew said of Goetze. Bayern striker Sandro Wagner misses out on the tournament as Loew favored Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez.

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has been called up even though he is now sidelined by a groin injury.

Germany will begin its World Cup defense with group games against Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

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