German coach in a fix over World Cup squad announcement

Devin Lawrence
May 15, 2018

Loew could well announce an expanded provisional list, like a number of other national team coaches, and wait until the June 4 deadline to reveal his final 23-man squad for the tournament. We will be open and honest after the training camp, and without match practice, you can't go into a tournament.

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) - Germany included injured captain Manuel Neuer in its preliminary World Cup squad on Tuesday, striker Nils Petersen was a surprise call-up, and Mario Goetze was left out altogether.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer makes the cut in the provisional squad after being out of action since September due to broken foot.

"Then we want to get a full idea, talk to him frankly and honestly, asking 'is it possible to play at the World Cup?' We have to decide whether Neuer is able to put in his top performances".

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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. "We had some players on the pitch who had the opportunity to show themselves at this level - they did not take it", midfielder Toni Kroos said after the defeat in Berlin. He has always made a very good impression.

The buildup to the squad announcement was overshadowed by photos of midfielders Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan presenting jerseys to Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London at the weekend.

Spurs star Son was named along with Ki Sung-yueng of Swansea City, just relegated from the English Premier League, and FC Augsburg's Koo Ja-cheol as Shin rolled out his Europe-based senior players.

Germany will start their World Cup campaign on 17 June, with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in their group F.

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