Manuel Neuer in Germany's 2018 World Cup Provisional Squad, Gotze Misses out

GETTYJoachim Loew has named his Gernany World Cup squad

GETTYJoachim Loew has named his Gernany World Cup squad

Heynckes revealed that Neuer is recovering well from the second metatarsal break he suffered previous year, as he has been able to perform most of the training drills asked of him at the club's training ground.

Loew took over after the 2006 World Cup in Germany and has led his country to at least the semi-finals in all of the five major tournaments for which he has been at the helm.

"We will be open and honest after the training camp, and without match practice, you can't go into a tournament".

Uncapped Freiburg striker Nils Petersen is rewarded for a fine goalscoring season in the Bundesliga, but there is no place for Bayern's Sandro Wagner. "I know that those players are just very disappointed because they worked hard for it. Sandro has shown his class when with the team". There is also no place for Liverpool's Emre Can.

Four Premier League players - Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger, Manchester City's Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil - were named to the preliminary squad.

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.

The defending champions have been drawn in Group F alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, and will begin their World Cup preparations with a friendly against Austria on 2 June, before facing Saudi Arabia on 8 June.

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