Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

World Cup Goal Hero Gotze Won't Repeat The Feat!

World Cup Goal Hero Gotze Won't Repeat The Feat!

There are seven Bayern representatives in Low's initial squad, including Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels, Sebastian Rudy and Joshua Kimmich, but four players will have to be cut when the coach names his final 23. "And after the training camp we want to talk fair and square".

World Cup-winning goalscorer Mario Gotze has been left out of Germany's squad for June's tournament in Russian Federation.

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 a year ago.

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. The midfielder has made 32 appearances for his club this term.

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"He got 15 goals with a team that does not create many goal chances. And apart from that he is a very good substitute", Loew said of Petersen.

An enviable array of attacking options is enhanced by Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus, whose extensive catalogue of fitness problems served to rule him out of both Euro 2016 and the previous World Cup.

The Borussia Dortmund striker scored in extra time against Argentina in 2014 to seal Germany's fourth World Cup. He wasn't able to show his incredible quality. "Personally, I feel sorry for him and it was a hard decision". Aside from the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Julian Draxler and Mesut Ozil, there are also still places at stake in Germany's midfield - an area of considerable strength. "Some (of the reaction) seems to be over the top to me".

Germany open their Russian Federation 2018 campaign against Mexico in Moscow on June 17, the defending champions also facing South Korea and Sweden in Group F.

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