Captain Neuer in Germany’s provisional World Cup squad but Götze out

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World Cup-winning goalscorer Mario Götze has been left out of Germany’s provisional squad for the tournament in Russia.

But Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer made the 27-man roster of the defending champions despite being out of action since breaking his foot last September.

Joachim Löw will need to present his final selection to FIFA by 4 June.

It was also announced that the German manager signed a contract extension until 2022.

How fit is Neuer?

The 32-year-old Neuer has yet to play a game this year.

Therefore, Löw has decided to take four keepers to the training camp in the Italian Alps from 23 May–5 June.

Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen) and Kevin Trapp (Paris St-Germain) complete the quartet.

“We will see how it goes from day-to-day,” Löw told reporters. “What is clear is that you cannot go into a World Cup without match practice.”

“We’ve been in constant contact with Manuel. He’s now taking a full part in training in Munich. We want to observe him ourselves to get our own impression and we will be able to do that at the training camp. We will see at the end of the month or early June how things look and then we will have an honest discussion.”

And Götze?

While SC Freiburg forward Nils Petersen was a surprise call-up, Götze was left out altogether after a mostly lacklustre season in the Bundesliga.

The Borussia Dortmund striker scored the winning goal in extra time against Argentina in 2014 to give Germany its fourth World Cup win.

“This was just not his season. He wasn’t able to show his incredible quality. Personally, I’m very sorry for him,” Löw said.

Fellow Borussia Dortmund player Marco Reus, who missed half of the season through injury, regained his form just in time to make the cut.

The 28-year-old is hoping to star in his first World Cup after being ruled out of the 2014 tournament, as well as EURO 2016, due to injury.

“Marco is a special weapon, he has special gifts,” Löw said of the forward.

“He has great intelligence in the game and in the second half of the season he was in really good form. I expect quite a bit from him for the tournament.”

Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira (Juventus), Manchester City’s Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gündogan, Arsenal’s Mesut Özil and Bayern’s Thomas Müller are the other key players of a stellar midfield that offers plenty of options.

Up front Löew opted to go with the experienced Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart) as his second-choice striker behind Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).

The final prep phase

Germany will hold a training camp in South Tyrol from 23 May to 5 June ahead of the tournament.

The final warm-up games see them play Austria on 2 June and Saudi Arabia on 8 June before Die Mannschaft take off for Russia.

Germany will open their World Cup campaign against Mexico on Sunday, 17 June. Sweden and South Korea are the other two opponents in Group F.

Löw extends contract

Right before unveiling his preliminary World Cup squad Löw revealed he has agreed to extend his contract to 2022. His current deal runs out in 2020.

Löw has already been head coach for twelve years, leading Germany to their fourth World Cup title in 2014. Of his 160 games in charge the German side won 106.

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