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Germany reveal provisional squad for 2018 World Cup

15 May, 2018, 22:46 | Author: Sara Gill
  • Joachim Loew will need to present his final squad selection to FIFA by June 4

Germany head coach Joachim Low has selected four Premier League players including Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger along with Manchester City's Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan.

There was more political activity as hosts Russia granted a World Cup visa to German journalist Hajo Seppelt, who had been banned from the finals after he broke the story on the Russian state-sponsored doping scandal.

The FIFA World Cup titleholders will have to submit their final 23-man squad including three goalkeepers on June 4. Neuer must now prove his fitness at a fortnight-long training camp in northern Italy, which started yesterday. 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.

In the post since 2006, Loew, 58, who steered Germany to their 2014 World Cup triumph, has signed a two-year extension to take him through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. "He has huge qualities, but isn't in form", explained Loew. "Personally, I'm very sorry for him", Loew said of Goetze.


Loew also opted to stick with the experienced Mario Gomez as his second-choice striker behind Timo Werner and picked Freiburg's Nils Petersen ahead of Sandro Wagner. Bayern striker Sandro Wagner misses out on the tournament as Loew favored Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez.

The winger missed the 2014 tournament in Brazil, despite being named in the initial squad, after sustaining an ankle injury in the team's warm-up win over Armenia.

They face Sweden in Sochi six days later before rounding off their Group F campaign against South Korea in Kazan.

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