Keeper Neuer in Germany's preliminary World Cup squad, Goetze out

Russia 2018 Joachim Low extends contracts with Germany

Russia 2018 Joachim Low extends contracts with Germany

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.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper, fractured a left metatarsal during training and had an operation early on Tuesday. The former Bayern Munich player and Borussia Dortmund legend, who scored the winning goal against Argentina at the final in Brazil has been out of form, and national team coach, Joachim Low, has chose to look elsewhere.

Uncapped Freiburg striker Petersen received an invitation from the national team after scoring 15 goals in the Bundesliga this season.

There are seven Bayern representatives in Low's 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.

"Marco is a special weapon, he has special gifts", Loew said.


Borussia Dortmund's midfielder Goetze, who scored the victor against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final, will miss the tournament in Russian Federation due to poor performances in the past season.

"It wasn't his best season".

Loew has also selected Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan despite the pair landing in hot water with the German FA over the weekend after the Premier League stars posed for pictures with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "Some (of the reaction) seems to be over the top to me".

The Germans battle Mexico in the group stage at 11 a.m. on June 17 at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

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