Gotze left out of Germany's 27 member squad

Gotze left out of Germany's 27 member squad

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.

Petersen is considered to be the ideal super-sub. "He played for us with full commitment and he has a very, very good character".

Petersen played nine games for Bayern Munich (two goals) in the 2011/2012 season but disappeared from the radar after failing to perform consistently for the Bavarians.

"It is never against a player, but always in the interests of the team".

"Marco is a special weapon, he has special gifts", Loew said.

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But for those with a few quid on Low's side, fear not, as the team set to board the plane look more than a match for any of the other top nations in the competition.

In one way, his nomination does not come as a total surprise, as Loew has a habit of producing a player that no one previously had on their radar.

Gotze will be the first player to score the victor in a World Cup final and then not return for the following World Cup since 1978, when Gerd Muller did not return to the West Germany squad after scoring in 1974. Critics said he could have gained important information by visiting another match. "I expect quite a bit from him for the tournament".

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.

"Becoming a national team coach is not something trivial".

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