Low extends Germany deal, Gotze axed

Low extends Germany deal, Gotze axed

Low extends Germany deal, Gotze axed

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.

"Neuer is back in full training and we want to see and judge him in the training camp", said Low, who has named Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bayer Leverkusen's Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp of Paris Saint-Germain as his other goalkeepers.

Meanwhile, Gotze, who scored the extra-time victor in the final against Argentina four years ago, was not included in Germany's 27-man preliminary squad.

Low, whose current contract runs out in 2020, has been in charge for 12 years and led Germany to the World Cup title in 2014. "I think he has enormous quality and he has proved this but he was not in that form".

Given Loew's trust in experienced players, local media are speculating that 2014 World Cup hero Mario Goetze could be recalled despite a disappointing season at Borussia Dortmund and his omission for the recent friendlies with Spain and Brazil.

"He is alert right from the first moment when he goes on the pitch", Loew said. "That speaks for itself", Loew said.

Low 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. He's shown that with the national team before. "We will extend the contract of Joachim Loew and the entire training team until 2022".

Germany are drawn in Group F alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea at this year's World Cup.

Mario Gomez could add to his 73 caps in Russian Federation, having previously played in Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup, Euro 2012 and Euro 2016.

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