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Mario Gotze scored the Germany winner in the 2014 World Cup final
Mario Gotze scored the Germany winner in the 2014 World Cup final

World Cup winner Mario Gotze has been left out of the Germany squad that will defend their title in this summer’s tournament in Russia.

Gotze is the headline omission from the squad – as the Borussia Dortmund striker clinched a fourth World Cup win for the Germans with his extra time winner in Argentina four years ago.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been included in Joachim Low’s provisional 27-man squad despite being out of action since September with a broken foot.

Other notable absentees from the German squad include Liverpool midfielder Emra Can and Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, along with Andre Schurrle and Sandro Wagner.

Making the 27-man party are Manchester City duo Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan, along with Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Four players from the 27-man squad will ultimately miss out on the final 23-man selection that will head to Russia.

Germany are in Group F with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, and play their first match on Sunday, 17 June.

Germany provisional 27-man squad in full

Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St-Germain)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)

Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St-Germain), Leon Goretska (Schalke), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Manchester City)

Strikers: Mario Gomez (Stuttgart), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Nils Petersen (SC Freiburg), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

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