Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in Germany's preliminary World Cup squad, Mario Goetze out


Defending Champions of FIFA World Cup, Germany has announced its 27-man provisional squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup which will be played in Russian Federation.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been named in the squad, despite being out of action since breaking his foot in September.

What do you make of Low's Germany squad?

"But right now, things look good". We'll see if it's enough, but I can't say for certain.

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While Goetze misses out, coach Joachim Loew pulled a surprise by handing Freiburg striker Nils Petersen a first call-up. Although uncapped at senior level, Petersen was the top scorer at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, when Germany won the silver medal. "I know that those players are just very disappointed because they worked hard for it. Sandro has shown his class when with the team". Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus missed the 2014 tournament in Brazil after sustaining an ankle injury in the team's warm-up win over Armenia.

There is huge quality throughout the squad, from Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng in defence, to Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan in the engine room and Muller and Sane in attack. A further five players from overseas - Real Madrid's Toni Kroos, Juventus' Sami Khedira, Paris Saint-Germain's Kevin Trapp and Julian Draxler and Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen - also made the cut.

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.