Khedira in Germany World Cup squad

Khedira in Germany World Cup squad

Manuel Neuer has been included in Germany's preliminary squad for the World Cup, with Joachim Low including four goalkeepers in an initial 27-man selection. "Nils Petersen is a great trump card".

It is the first time the 29-year-old has been picked for Germany's senior squad.

There are seven Bayern representatives in Low's initial squad, including Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels, Sebastian Rudy and Joshua Kimmich, but four players will have to be cut when the coach names his final 23.

Loew opted for Petersen over Bayern Munich forward Sandro Wagner, giving the Freiburg player his first call-up to the national team after an excellent season.

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Petersen's only senior global experience was as part of the Germany team that won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but Löw cited the Freiburg forward's excellent goalscoring record as a substitute as being one of the reasons why he had included him instead of Wagner. The 30-year-old Wagner has scored 4 goals in his 8 internationals and was part of last year's Confederations Cup-winning team. "I expect a lot from him", the German head coach said.

Reus, meanwhile, finally has a chance to play in a World Cup, having returned to form and fitness at Borussia Dortmund since his comeback from injury in February.

"Marco is a special weapon, he has special gifts", Loew said.

Gotze was Germany's 2014 World Cup hero as he came on as a substitute in the final against Argentina and scored the victor in the 113th minute, but has had troubles this season with Borussia Dortmund. Petersen scored six goals to make him the tournament's top scorer.

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