Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Neuer among four keepers in Germany's WC squad

Neuer among four keepers in Germany's WC squad

World Cup-winning goalscorer Mario Gotze has been left out of Germany's squad for June's tournament in Russian Federation. The German Football Association (DFB) announced on Tuesday at the unveiling of the defending champions list for the Mundial with the 58-year-old signed a four-year deal through to 2022 including his assistant Thomas Schneider and goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke. He's now taking a full part in training in Munich. However, the Bayern Munich goalkeeper will be monitored during the training camp, reports Xinhua news agency. "But you can not go into such a tournament without match practice".

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

However, Loew pulled a surprise by handing a first call-up to Freiburg striker Nils Petersen, 29, the top-scoring German in the Bundesliga this season with 15 goals.

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Loew had a contract until the Euro 2020 finals, but Grindel had previously stated his job is safe regardless of how Germany perform at the 2018 World Cup finals, which kick-off next month. "And apart from that he is a very good substitute", Loew said of Petersen. He wasn't able to show his incredible quality.

The Premier League is also represented in the squad, with Arsenal's Mesut Ozil joined by Manchester City duo Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane, along with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger. "The federation made me understand that they wanted me 100 percent and that made it easy for me to choose", added the former Inter Milan, Manchester City, Galatasaray and Zenit St Petersburg coach.

Germany faces Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in World Cup Group F. It plays its last warm-up games against Austria on June 6 and Saudi Arabia on June 8.

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