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Germany Announce Final WC Squad, Cut Four!

Germany Announce Final 2018 FIFA World Cup Squad, Cut Four!

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By David Kappel - Jun 04, 2018 11:39 AM @kappilinho

Germany coach Joachim Low has announced his final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, cutting four names from his provisional selection.

Click through the gallery above to see which four players were cut, as well as some other high-profile Germany stars who did not make Low's 2018 World Cup squad.

The defending champions lost 2-1 to Austria on Saturday, a game in which Low gave a few of his squad players a final chance to shine.

It was also Manuel Neuer's first match since September 2017, and it has been confirmed that Die Mannschaft's captain, who missed large parts of the 2017/18 campaign due to injury, has made Low's squad for Russia. The Germany boss has previously indicated that Neuer will also be his first-choice keeper for the tournament if he made the cut.

Low surprised many by cutting Manchester City's Leroy Sane, the 2017/18 Premier League Young Player of the Season, and insisted it was a hard decision decided by a "photo finish".

The Germans will face Saudi Arabia in their final preparation game on Friday, before starting their World Cup against Mexico on 17 June. Korea Republic and Sweden are the other two sides in their group.

Here is Germany's provisional squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

Defenders: Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Jonas Hector (FC Koln)

Midfielders/forwards: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Timo Werner (Red Bull Leipzig), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Mario Gomez (Stuttgart), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich)

Read: UEFA Announce UCL Squad Of The Season, Snub African Superstar

Germany are still winless in 2018, with their last victory coming in October 2017.

Do you think Germany can defend their World Cup title in Russia? Have your say in the comments section below.


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kzorog Joined: 13 Jan 2017
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kzorog Jun 07, 2018 01:00 PM
Sane must buy england citizenship dat all
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kzorog Jun 07, 2018 12:58 PM
It's bcz he's black n has an african blood
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kzorog Joined: 13 Jan 2017
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kzorog Jun 07, 2018 12:56 PM
Y sane eish
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Oupacona Joined: 05 Jun 2018
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Oupacona Jun 05, 2018 02:14 PM
Because mesutu ozil and tomasa are included why nt include boateng as veteran, I see weak German ever with grandpaa
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sumaya123 Jun 05, 2018 10:50 AM
sane father is from Senegal go play for Senegal boy Germans are idiots to let that boy out of they squad and include ozil who is not in form at the moment
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Skeem Sa HDK Jun 05, 2018 07:42 AM
@Giles Bolivian : Racism doesn't mean there can be no Blacks at all but this guy was competing with whites in his forward position. Rudiger and Boateng are needed in defence regardless because there are no white competitors. Besides IF this guy is indeed racist there's a fixed number of blacks that he wants in his team of which by adding this guy he'll be compromising that. So don't rule out racism based on the presence of blacks in his team.
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MR E Jun 05, 2018 03:40 AM
Sane deserve to be in the squad!
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Giles Bolivian Joined: 22 Jul 2015
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Giles Bolivian Jun 04, 2018 10:19 PM
Racism?? Come On Guys, is Rudiger Not Black?? BOATENG?? Wat Racism are u Reffereing To? The Only reason why Sane is Snubbed is Because The Coach Has A Vendetta Against Him Or Sane Lacks Discipline.. Low Does Not Like To work with IllDiscipline Players..but eix, it's Football.. Germany Has Depth and He has not given His all To The National Team.. Germany Is Not Playing A Pep Style, so This is not man City..
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takandalo Jun 04, 2018 10:15 PM
@fanist remember in 2014 world cup he groomed draxler ,he was 20 years ,now his ready his two years older than sane ,and there's rues whos 29 years old his experienced n better player than both players .they are all playing the same position ...good choice from coach
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Derrick.com Jun 04, 2018 08:58 PM
A very ungrateful coach, how can you leave a player of this calibre out of the squad?????
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igcokama_elisha Jun 04, 2018 08:31 PM
mxx germany sucks i wish sane to change his nationality this coach seems not to be enjoying his service nxx
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baba ka Luvo Jun 04, 2018 07:16 PM
nothing new about snabbed players its unfortunate only 23 players Belgium snabbed Nengolan after good season with Roma
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Ijustblog Jun 04, 2018 06:56 PM
Well in as much as Leroy Sane is a fantastic player he is not your game changer. I would go with Marco Rues at any given time since he is just not pure class but he is one who can change the game for you at any given time.
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Chelsea_Bucs_general Jun 04, 2018 06:25 PM
Sane is a good playing.... but there are better players on his position..... I would have taken him instead of Mario Gomes
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Chelsea_Bucs_general Jun 04, 2018 06:24 PM
It shows most of the people here only watch EPL, if I were to chose better Sane and Rues, I would pick Rues at any given time, the guys is pure class, he is the Germany Messi, I bet he will win the World Cup for Germans
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Boikano Jun 04, 2018 05:58 PM
Good by cutting Sane,his empty pride won't take him anywhere.He think that is better than every player
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kekanejan Jun 04, 2018 05:16 PM
Great squad, Germany never disappoint... But why no Sane
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baba ka Luvo Jun 04, 2018 05:10 PM
nothing new about snabbed players its unfortunate only 23 players Belgium snabbed Nengolan after good season with Roma
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Robphil Joined: 29 Sep 2012
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Robphil Jun 04, 2018 04:12 PM
Amazing that a player Sane pedigree is not selected for Germany.
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Maclane Jun 04, 2018 03:24 PM
Leroy out, Mario Gotze out????

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