Hero Gotze Misses Out On Germany's World Cup Squad

Hero Gotze Misses Out On Germany's World Cup Squad

Loew's chosen squad came with a number of surprises, as he made a decision to include Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, although he isn't ready yet, as some press reports said that he's not fully recovered from the injury he had suffered last September.

Germany's World cup winning manager Joachim Loew has left out the man who plundered the winning goal in the 2014 World cup final in Rio against Argentina.

Pictures of Germany's Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen are displayed during the announcement. "What is clear is that without match practice to go into a World Cup is not possible".

"We saw that we're not as good as we're always told we are - and perhaps some of us think we are".

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Low - who agreed a contract extension to 2022 on Tuesday - has left out Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner, as well as Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze, who scored the goal that clinched the World Cup title four years ago in Brazil. However, he missed out on playing in the 2014 World Cup due to an injury-hit season. He also missed Euro 2016 through injury. "He is a great player but he wasn't in form", Leow said. "I expect quite a bit from him for the tournament".

Loew opted for Petersen over Bayern Munich forward Sandro Wagner, giving the 29-year-old Freiburg player his first call-up to the national team after an excellent season.

They face Sweden in Sochi six days later before rounding off their Group F campaign against South Korea in Kazan.

Germany play their last warm-up games against Austria a day later and take on Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen on June 8.

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