Neuer in Germany's initial WCup squad

Neuer in Germany's initial WCup squad

Emre Can and 2014 Germany's World Cup final hero Mario Gotze have been left out of Germany's preliminary 35-man squad for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern), Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Kevin Trapp (PSG).

Gotze scored in extra time, beating Argentina with a goal in the 113th minute in the World Cup final on July 13, 2014 at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"We will see how it goes from day to day", Low told reporters. "I think he has huge quality and he has proved this but he was not in that form".

The 58-year-old's previous deal was due to expire after the UEFA Euro 2020, but he has now signed a two-year extension to keep him at the helm for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. With AP Photos.Germany included injured captain Manuel Neuer in its preliminary World Cup squad and striker Nils Petersen was a surprise call-up.

Another of Low's assistants - Marcus Sorg - and general manager Oliver Bierhoff have both inked fresh contracts through to 2024, meanwhile. "And after the training camp we want to talk fair and square".

Germany are placed in Group F along with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea and will take on Mexico in their opening game on June 17.

"To work with the best players in Germany, then develop them and to make them better, to form a team that sets the highest goals, this is what drives and still gives me joy".

Petersen's values might not be obvious at first sight but Loew's gut feeling, as he said himself, led him to choose the Freiburg striker over other candidates like Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner, reports Xinhua news agency.