Can, Gotze left out of Germany World Cup squad


Liverpool midfielder Emre Can and Dortmund’s Mario Gotze have been left out of Germany’ preliminary 35-man squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Can has been a regular for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season and is expected to recover from a back injury in time for the tournament, but there is no place for him in Joachim Low’s squad.

Gotze is another notable omission, with the 25-year-old failing to make 35-man roster just 4 years after scoring the winning goal in the World Cup final in Brazil.

However, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Bayern Munich duo Jerome Boateng and Manuel Neuer are all included despite concerns over their fitness, with the latter having been sidelined since September.

There are also places for Man City duo Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane, while Freiburg’s uncapped Nils Peterson is a surprise inclusion in the 35.

The 35-man list

Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (B. Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (PSG).

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (B. Munich), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (B. Munich), Joshua Kimmich (B. Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Niklas Suele (B.Munich), Jonathan Tah (Leverkusen)

Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (PSG), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Ilkay Gundogan (Man City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (R. Madrid), Mesut Oezil (Arsenal), Sebastian Rudy (B. Munich).

Forwards: Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Thomas Müller (B. Munich), Nils Petersen (Freiburg) Marco Reus (Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Man City), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).

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