FC Bayern Munchen manager Jupp Heynckes has hinted that goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is nearing a return to full fitness, which suggests he may be on the bench for the DFB Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt on 19 May.
"The planning horizon over four years is ideal, I'd like to think, especially because there might be some changes in the squad after the 2018 World Cup", Low said.
Neuer has been injured since September, when he suffered a fractured foot, and has made just four appearances since last April.
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. Uncapped Freiburg striker Nils Petersen received an invitation from the national team after scoring 15 goals in the Bundesliga this season.
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Neuer returns to the worldwide fold despite missing most of Bayern's latest title-winning campaign with a broken foot, though Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi and Liverpool midfielder Emre Can are among those to miss out along with Gotze.
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). The Borussia Dortmund striker scored in extra time against Argentina in 2014 to seal Germany's fourth World Cup.
Manchester City's Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan are among the Premier League players to be selected.
They face Sweden in Sochi six days later before rounding off their Group F campaign against South Korea in Kazan.