German national coach springs surprise ahead of World Cup

Joachim Loew

Germany coach Joachim Loew has agreed to extend his contract with the world champions to 2022, he said on Tuesday before the unveiling of his preliminary World Cup squad. "He is alert right from the first moment when he goes on the pitch", Loew said.

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 scored six goals to make him the tournament's top scorer.

The 25-year-old scored an injury-time victor in the final four years ago as the German's saw off Argentina.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and another Dortmund star, winger Marco Reus have both been included in the Die Mannschaft provisional squad.

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"I would like to thank president Reinhard Grindel, secretary general Friedrich Curtius and the entire DFB for their support and trust in us and our work". "We have not won the European championship for many years and that is our first big event". He's now taking a full part in training in Munich. "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.

"We'll talk, we'll probably call him. We want to observe him ourselves to form an impression and will be able to do that at the training camp", Loew said of the side's preparations in South Tyrol, Italy, from May 23.

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