Low pens new Germany deal drops 27-man provisional WC squad

Gotze lifts the World Cup trophy alongside German team-mates four years ago.                     Image Nick Potts

World Cup-winning goalscorer Mario Gotze has been left out of Germany's squad for June's tournament in Russian Federation.

Neuer, Germany's captain and goalkeeper, has not played since September and still has to prove his fitness at a fortnight-long training camp in northern Italy, which starts next week.

Club-mate Marco Reus and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer have been included, however.

Leipzig forward Timo Werner and Marco Reus were also selected, but Borussia Dortmund teammate Mario Goetze was left out despite scoring the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final.

Joachim Loew has chosen 27 players and is supposed to exclude four players before sending the final squad list for the World Cup by June 4.

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The German Football Association (DFB) announced on Tuesday that Low, a former assistant to Jurgen Klinsmann who succeeded the ex-Tottenham striker after a third-place finish at the 2006 tournament on home soil, had signed a four-year contract through to 2022.

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos and Bayern Munich trio Mats Hummels, Thomas Mueller and Jerome Boateng are part of Germany's 27-man provisional list for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Liverpool's Emre Can, Bayern's Sandro Wagner and Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze are among the names to miss out, while Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Man City's Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan are among the Premier League contingent to be named.

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

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