Hero Gotze Misses Out On Germany's World Cup Squad

  • Hero Gotze Misses Out On Germany's World Cup Squad

Hero Gotze Misses Out On Germany's World Cup Squad

However, Mesut Ozil, Jerome Boateng and Manuel Neuer are all included despite concerns over their fitness, with the latter having been sidelined since September.

Bayern striker Wagner misses out on the tournament as Loew favoured Stuttgart veteran striker Mario Gomez. However, Bayern's goalkeeper will be monitored during the training camp. "Manuel will be available to us at his old strength in January".

There are seven Bayern representatives in Low's 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 also opted to stick with the experienced Mario Gomez as his second-choice striker behind Timo Werner and picked Freiburg's Nils Petersen ahead of Sandro Wagner.

Loew had a contract until the Euro 2020 finals, but Grindel had previously stated his job is safe regardless of how Germany perform at the 2018 World Cup finals, which kick-off next month. "Personally, I'm very sorry for him", Loew said of Goetze.

Loew has also selected Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan despite the pair landing in hot water with the German FA over the weekend after the Premier League stars posed for pictures with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "The federation made me understand that they wanted me 100 percent and that made it easy for me to choose", added the former Inter Milan, Manchester City, Galatasaray and Zenit St Petersburg coach.

Germany are in Group F with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, and play their first match on Sunday, 17 June.