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

Marco Green
May 16, 2018

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. Bayern striker Sandro Wagner misses out on the tournament as Loew favored Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper, fractured a left metatarsal during training and had an operation early on Tuesday. "Manuel will be available to us at his old strength in January".

Uncapped Freiburg striker Petersen received an invitation from the national team after scoring 15 goals in the Bundesliga this season.

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

Gotze has also missed out, the hero of Germany's last World Cup final, the Dortmund man has not been performing to the highest level this term. "He has great intelligence in the game and in the second half of the season he was in really good form".

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.

Four-time winners, Germany will start their defence of the FIFA World Cup trophy in Group F against Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. "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.

"I feel with him the unbroken will to remain with the national team and to keep us on top for the next few years".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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