Mario Gotze Misses Out On Germany's Provisional Squad

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Neuer, who hasn't played since September because of a hairline fracture in his left foot, was one of four goalkeepers to be selected as Germany coach Joachim Loew gives him every chance of proving his fitness for the tournament in Russian Federation. "I have always said that for me Joachim Loew is the best coach for the national team. They have have expressed regret and done a lot for integration in Germany".

Low worked under Jurgen Klinsmann as assistant manager from 2004 to 2006 before taking the main job after Germany lost in the semi finals on home soil at the 2006 World Cup.

After warm-up meetings with Austria and Saudi Arabia, Die Mannschaft begin the defence of their crown against Mexico in Moscow on 17 June.

The 32-year-old last played in a competitive outing for the Bavarians in September 2017 against 1.

Of this squad list, four will be cut for the final group before the World Cup kicks off in June.

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Joachim Low has told Manuel Neuer he must gain match practice if the Germany captain is to be part of his country's World Cup defence. "It's definitely not been his season. He is a great player but he wasn't in form", Loew said.

However, Loew pulled a surprise by handing a first call-up to Freiburg striker Nils Petersen, 29, the top-scoring German in the Bundesliga this season with 15 goals.

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has been called up even though he is now sidelined by a groin injury.

An enviable array of attacking options is enhanced by Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus, whose extensive catalogue of fitness problems served to rule him out of both Euro 2016 and the previous World Cup.

After the Federation Internationale de Football Association deadline, a player can only be replaced if he seriously injures himself 24 hours before the team's first World Cup match.

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