Keeper Neuer, uncapped striker Nils in Germany's provisional squad

Germany coach Joachim Loew to stay through 2022 World Cup

Seemingly as a result of Gomez's inclusion Sandro Wagner misses out, despite an impressive season at Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer was named in Low's provisional 27-man party for Russian Federation 2018 on Tuesday despite not playing since September following foot surgery, although he has now returned to full training. "He's our captain and we hope that he can go into the tournament 100 percent fit".

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.

His club-mate Gotze, who scored the winning goal in the final as Germany triumphed four years ago, misses out, however, after struggling for fitness and form at Signal Iduna Park this term.

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. "And apart from that he is a very good substitute", Loew said of Petersen.

Marco Reus was also selected, but Borussia Dortmund teammate Goetze was left out.

Gotze, 25, netted the only goal as Germany beat Argentina 1-0 after extra time in the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana, Brazil, but he has not convinced Low he is worthy of a place in the squad this year.

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.

Germany are in Group F with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in this summer's tournament in Russian Federation.

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