Germany reveal provisional squad for 2018 World Cup

Germany reveal provisional squad for 2018 World Cup

There was more political activity as hosts Russia granted a World Cup visa to German journalist Hajo Seppelt, who had been banned from the finals after he broke the story on the Russian state-sponsored doping scandal.

Loew had a contract until the Euro 2020 finals, but Grindel had previously stated his job is safe regardless of how Germany perform at the 2018 World Cup finals, which kick-off next month. However, Bayern's goalkeeper will be monitored during the training camp.

Mario Gotze, who scored the victor against Argentina in the final four years ago, has been axed following a disappointing season at Borussia Dortmund. "I don't think it is possible to go into a World Cup without playing practice". "We saw that it was not his season, not the normal form with his quality", Loew told reporters.

Loew opted for Petersen over Bayern Munich forward Sandro Wagner, giving the Freiburg player his first call-up to the national team after an excellent season. "Personally, I'm very sorry for him", Loew said of Goetze.

Yet there is no place for striker Sandro Wagner, Robert Lewandowski's back-up at Bayern Munich, who helped Germany win the Conferderations Cup in Russian Federation previous year.

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has been called up even though he is now sidelined by a groin injury.

The winger missed the 2014 tournament in Brazil, despite being named in the initial squad, after sustaining an ankle injury in the team's warm-up win over Armenia.

The Taeguk Warriors reached the semi-finals when South Korea co-hosted the 2002 World Cup, but they struggled in qualifying and have been drawn against Sweden, Mexico and holders Germany in a tough Group F. Top-rated Son scored 18 goals in all competitions this term for Spurs, who finished third in the Premier League to secure another season of Champions League football.

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