Germany reveal provisional squad for 2018 World Cup

It's 10 years since Löw made his World Cup debut in the Germany dugout as Jürgen Klinsmann's No.2

It's 10 years since Löw made his World Cup debut in the Germany dugout as Jürgen Klinsmann's No.2

Germany have announced their preliminary 27-man squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer, and there's a place in the squad for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. He was 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. "What is clear is that without match practice to go into a World Cup is not possible". "I think he has huge quality and he has proved this but he was not in that form".

Joachim Low has put his focus on winning the World Cup for a second time after agreeing a new contract as Germany coach until 2022.

Given Loew's trust in experienced players, local media are speculating that 2014 World Cup hero Mario Goetze could be recalled despite a disappointing season at Borussia Dortmund and his omission for the recent friendlies with Spain and Brazil.

Also missing was Liverpool's Emre Can, who has not played since suffering a back injury in March.

"Marco is a special weapon, he has special gifts", Loew said of the forward. "I expect quite a bit from him for the tournament".

While Goetze misses out, coach Joachim Loew pulled a surprise by handing Freiburg striker Nils Petersen a first call-up.

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

Germany will start their World Cup campaign on 17 June, with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in their group F.

The 32-year-old could make a high-profile return in Bayern's DFB-Pokal showdown with Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, while Germany have scheduled pre-tournament friendlies against Austria and Saudi Arabia.

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