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Germany Announce Provisional World Cup Squad, 7 Stars Snubbed

Germany Announce Provisional 2018 FIFA World Cup Squad, 7 Stars Snubbed

By David Kappel - May 15, 2018 01:24 PM @kappilinho

Germany coach Joachim Low, who has an abundance of talent at his disposal, has now announced his provisional squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but snubbed a few big stars, including 2014 final goalscorer Mario Gotze.

Click through the gallery above to see seven players who were snubbed for Germany's World Cup squad.

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.

Low once again had a few tough calls to make and opted to call up Manuel Neuer, who has not made a single appearance since 16 September, but returned to team training this week.

Meanwhile, Gotze, who scored the extra-time winner in the final against Argentina four years ago, was not included in Germany's 27-man preliminary squad.

The 58-year-old coach, who extended his contract until 2022 on Tuesday and guided Germany to their fourth World Cup title in 2014, has until 4 June to cut his preliminary squad down to 23 names.

Here is Germany's provisional squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), 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), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)

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

Read: Brazil Announce 23-man World Cup Squad

Germany will begin their World Cup campaign on 17 June against Mexico.

What do you make of Low’s Germany squad? Have your say in the comments section below.


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KhothaKhosi Joined: 15 Feb 2018
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KhothaKhosi May 21, 2018 10:57 AM
When a player complains about being left out, is he saying he is better than those selected? This team has so much quality in it. If Brazil , Spain or France fail to stop them, they will retain their trophy. Marco has a last chance to play in a major tournament.
The Ghost himself Joined: 24 Aug 2016
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The Ghost himself May 20, 2018 07:54 PM
And he decided to leave Gotzë out?? Wow that was poor
Boris Becker Joined: 23 May 2017
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Boris Becker May 19, 2018 09:05 AM
This Thomas Muller cow is still the favorite!
Boris Becker Joined: 23 May 2017
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Boris Becker May 19, 2018 09:04 AM
Very strong indeed
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Soccerb4l May 18, 2018 10:00 AM
Italy is not participating in this year's world cup , germany will be the champs
Luja047 Joined: 05 Mar 2018
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Luja047 May 16, 2018 08:22 PM
No strikers in Germany squad
kg_4_khosi Joined: 12 Oct 2011
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kg_4_khosi May 16, 2018 01:16 PM
Happy for reus
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ko mokokotlo May 16, 2018 12:57 PM
you wonder who they will axe
bucshooligan 1 Joined: 04 Apr 2016
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bucshooligan 1 May 16, 2018 12:33 PM
No matter who they snub, they too many stars at their disposal
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kzorog May 16, 2018 10:46 AM
Can't wait guys
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phine k May 16, 2018 09:19 AM
the germany mechine
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thulanixivono May 16, 2018 02:29 AM
Germany is good
MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E May 16, 2018 12:07 AM
Good squad, Germany will still harm many teams in the world cup
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Myaka weliPhefeni May 15, 2018 10:27 PM
World cup contender
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Prayer@k4l May 15, 2018 10:07 PM
Go Germans go
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shadae May 15, 2018 08:29 PM
not xo if he will defend it o the end
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DieHardFan May 15, 2018 07:26 PM
Talk about quality
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Bridgertte Layun. May 15, 2018 07:06 PM
Mhh die huidige wêreldkampioene
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Masevens May 15, 2018 06:08 PM
Gud squad indeed,but Ozil got anything to take for word cup
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downzzz May 15, 2018 03:41 PM
Wow another my favourate country am stl lv sami nd leroy hummel kroos nd manuel i trust this team

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