Germany announce 27-man squad; Gotze, Can, Mustafi dropped

FIFA World Cup 2018: Germany announce 27-man squad; Gotze, Can, Mustafi dropped

Midfielder Mario Goetze, who scored the winning goal in the final against Argentina four years ago, has had a lacklustre season with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

The 32-year-old Bayern Munich star is one of four goalkeepers named by head coach Joachim Loew, who will have to cut four names when the final 23-man squad is submitted for the World Cup finals, which start on June 14 in Russian Federation. However, Bayern's goalkeeper will be monitored during the training camp.

Loew had a contract until the Euro 2020 finals, but Grindel had previously stated his job is safe regardless of how Germany perform at the 2018 World Cup finals, which kick-off next month. "He is a great player but he wasn't in form", Leow said.

Yet there is no place for striker Sandro Wagner, Robert Lewandowski's back-up at Bayern Munich, who helped Germany win the Conferderations Cup in Russian Federation past year.

Loew opted for Petersen over Bayern Munich forward Sandro Wagner, giving the Freiburg player his first call-up to the national team after an excellent season.

Germany Squad
Joachim Low has announced his 27 man squad

The FIFA World Cup titleholders will have to submit their final 23-man squad including three goalkeepers on June 4.

"It wasn't his best season".

The Premier League is also represented in the squad, with Arsenal's Mesut Ozil joined by Manchester City duo Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane, along with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Germany will begin its World Cup defense with group games against Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. Both know that they made a mistake.

"I would like to be the coach who brings Italy back to the top".

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