Reus, Neuer on Loew's list for World Cup

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Manuel Neuer has been included in Germany's preliminary squad for the World Cup, with Joachim Low including four goalkeepers in an initial 27-man selection.

Pictures of Germany's Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen are displayed during the announcement.

The Bayern Munich goalkeeper has not played since suffering a recurrence of a fractured foot in September, restricting him to just four appearances since the initial injury in April of past year.

"He knows that. We will see at the end of the month or early June how things look and then we will have an honest discussion". Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus was among Loew's surprises, as the coach didn't rely on him in his entire career with the national team, as the player always suffers from injuries before the national tournaments such as the World Cup and Euro.

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Dortmund's midfielder Mario Goetze, who scored the victor against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final, will miss the tournament in Russian Federation due to poor performances in the past season.

Uncapped Freiburg striker Nils Petersen is rewarded for a fine goalscoring season in the Bundesliga, but there is no place for Bayern's Sandro Wagner. "He has great intelligence in the game and in the second half of the season he was in really good form".

The 30-year-old Wagner has scored four goals in his eight internationals and was part of last year's Confederations Cup-winning team.

The Germany's captain and goalkeeper, had not played since September and still has to prove his fitness ahead of the June 14 start to the World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

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