Keeper Neuer in Germany's preliminary World Cup squad, Goetze out

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer

World Cup-winning goalscorer Mario Gotze has been left out of Germany's squad for June's tournament in Russian Federation.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was also included even though he has not played since undergoing surgery on his left foot in September.

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The 58-year-old was appointed by the national team in 2006 and led Germany to World Cup glory in Brazil four years ago, a 7-1 demolition of the hosts in the semi-final the highlight.

"Both sides are aware of their responsibilities".

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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. "I know that those players are just very disappointed because they worked hard for it. Sandro has shown his class when with the team".

Manchester City duo Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane are among the Premier League star to be selected, while Liverpool's Emre Can misses out.

Loew has included the Bayern Munich goalkeeper in his provisional squad, along with Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bayer Leverkusen's Bernd Leno and PSG stopper Kevin Trapp.

Fellow Borussia Dortmund player Marco Reus' hopes of making his first World Cup got a boost after he made the cut.

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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