Analysing Germany's provisional squad

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Joachim Low has extended his stay as Germany head coach and named Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in his provisional squad for the forthcoming World Cup.

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.

Whilst the coach still owns a house in Freiburg, the league's final fixtures had other games full of World Cup candidates. "And apart from that he is a very good substitute", Loew said of Petersen.

The squad and their club-side are as follows: Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern), Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Kevin Trapp (PSG).

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While Goetze misses out, coach Joachim Loew pulled a surprise by handing Freiburg striker Nils Petersen a first call-up.

However, there was no place in the squad for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, who was part of the World Cup-winning squad in 2014 and has 20 global caps. "The decision is never against a particular player, but for the overall success of the team".

Manuel Neuer's fitness will be Germany's biggest question to answer ahead of the World Cup, but in case he is fit, there is no question as to who will don the No. 1 jersey for the defending champions.

Germany are among the favourites again in Russian Federation, having triumphed with an experimental young squad at the Confederations Cup previous year. The 30-year-old Wagner has scored four goals in his eight internationals and was part of last year's Confederations Cup-winning team. "But this season he didn't play at his highest level".

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