Ozil, Neuer, Sane Make Germany's Provisional World Cup Squad; Gotze, Mustafi Out

Ozil, Neuer, Sane Make Germany's Provisional World Cup Squad; Gotze, Mustafi Out

Defending Champions of FIFA World Cup, Germany has announced its 27-man provisional squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup which will be played in Russian Federation.

Low, however, has included the Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer despite has not featured since September were he suffered a foot injury.

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.

"Manuel is getting back into full training this week at Bayern Munich, that assures us that he can tolerate the full load in the training camp", explained Loew. Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus missed the 2014 tournament in Brazil after sustaining an ankle injury in the team's warm-up win over Armenia.

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World Cup-winning goalscorer, Mario Gotze has also been left out of Germany's squad.

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.

Manchester City pair Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan, Paris Saint-Germain's Julien Draxler, Sami Khedira of Juventus, Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona and Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger all made the cut.

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

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