Neuer makes German squad, but not 2014 hero Gotze

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The 32-year-old Bayern Munich star is one of four goalkeepers named by head coach Joachim Loew, who will have to cut four names when the final 23-man squad is submitted for the World Cup finals, which start on June 14 in Russian Federation.

Bayern striker Wagner misses out on the tournament as Loew favoured Stuttgart veteran striker Mario Gomez. "We want to observe him ourselves to form an impression and will be able to do that at the training camp", Loew said of the side's preparations in South Tyrol, Italy, from May 23.

"We've been in constant contact with Manuel".

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.

Of this squad list, four will be cut for the final group before the World Cup kicks off in June.

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Petersen helped his club stay in the Bundesliga with 15 goals in 32 league appearances, eight of those as a substitute.

Gotze scored in extra time, beating Argentina with a goal in the 113th minute in the World Cup final on July 13, 2014 at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "And apart from that he is a very good substitute", Loew said of Petersen.

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

Ozil and Gundogan have been criticised by the German Football Federation (DFB) for posing in photos with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Both know that they made a mistake.

Germany face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in World Cup Group F and will prepare in the Italian Alps from May 23 to June 5 ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation.

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