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Germany's World Cup Snubbed XI

Germany coach Joachim Low recently announced his final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but left out some big names. Here is a strong starting line-up made up of German stars who were snubbed for the World Cup.

Click through the gallery above to see a strong Germany XI of players who were snubbed for the World Cup.

Low cut four names from his preliminary squad on Monday, with the biggest talking point being his omission of Premier League PFA Young Player of the Season Leroy Sane. Bayer Leverkusen duo Bernd Leno and Jonathan Tah were also axed by the 58-year-old, as well as SC Freiburg forward Nils Petersen.

The tactician had already made headlines when selecting his provisional squad, leaving out several 2014 FIFA World Cup winners, including final hero Mario Gotze, who scored the winner against Argentina four years ago.

Let's take a look at what an alternative Germany XI, made up of players Low snubbed for the showpiece in Russia, could look like.

In goal, Leno was omitted despite playing a whole campaign for Leverkusen, while Kevin Trapp made the squad, even though he sat on Paris Saint-Germain's bench for large parts of 2017/18.

At the back, Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi and Juventus' Benedikt Howedes, who were both part of the 2014 World Cup-winning team, were not selected, while 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup winners Tah and his teammate Benjamin Henrichs also failed to make the squad.

In Emre Can, who was not picked by Low after his long injury lay-off, despite coming off the bench for Liverpool in the recent UEFA Champions League final, and Amin Younes, two more players of Germany's 2017 Confed Cup-winning squad were omitted by Low.

Read: Germany Announce Final WC Squad, Cut Four!

Gotze, as well as his teammate Andre Schurrle, who assisted his 2014 final winner, were both snubbed, and would form a decent attacking quartet with Sane and Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner up front.

Which Germany stars do you think Low should have called up to his World Cup squad? Have your say in the comments section below.

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