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Injured Neuer in Germany's provisional squad, Emre Can left out

Injured Neuer in Germany's provisional squad, Emre Can left out

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus have been included in Germany's provisional squad for the 2018 World Cup, although Mario Gotze has missed out.

Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen has proved a reliable deputy since filling in for Neuer, but Germany's depth at other positions was called into question during a 1-0 loss to Brazil in March.

"We will see how it goes from day-to-day", Germany coach Joachim Loew told reporters. "But you can not go into such a tournament without match practice".

There is no place in Loew's squad for Mario Goetze, who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup finals, after an erratic season at Borussia Dortmund. "I think he has huge quality and he has proved this but he was not in that form".

Dortmund's Marco Reus, 28, could play in his first worldwide tournament since Euro 2012 after missing the World Cup in 2014 and Euro 2016. According to the rules, Germany will have to drop four names from this list to submit a final 23 man squad for the World Cup. "And apart from that he is a very good substitute", Loew said of Petersen.

Yet former global Kahn believes the player himself must consider carefully whether it is wise to be part of the squad after such a lengthy spell out of action. "I expect quite a bit from him for the tournament".

Interestingly with Neuer's inclusion, Germany will now be taking four goalkeepers to Russian Federation and just two strikers in Mario Gomez and Nils Petersen, with Wagner perhaps the most surprising omission. The 32-year-old Bayern Munich star has not played for eight months with a fractured foot.

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