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Germany Announce Final WC Squad, Cut Four!

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)

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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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