Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
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Injured Manuel Neuer named in Germany's 27-man preliminary squad

Injured Manuel Neuer named in Germany's 27-man preliminary squad

Assistant coach Thomas Schneider and goalkeeper coach Andreas Kopke have also extended their contracts with Germany for a further two years, the DFB confirmed on Tuesday.

Germany have announced their 35-man preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Reus, meanwhile, finally has a chance to play in a World Cup, having returned to form and fitness at Borussia Dortmund since his comeback from injury in February. The defending World Cup champions are expected to be among the favourites to win the tournament in Russian Federation this year.

Fabio Coentrao and Renato Sanches were missing from Portugal's 35-strong pre-Cup squad named by coach Fernando Santos.

In a major surprise, World Cup-winning goalscorer Mario Gotze has been dropped from Germany's squad for the mega event.

"I feel with him the unbroken will to remain with the national team in the next few years at the top of the world - he wants to win more titles".

Loew also opted to stick with the experienced Mario Gomez as his second-choice striker behind Timo Werner and picked Freiburg's Nils Petersen ahead of Sandro Wagner.

The 32-year-old could make a high-profile return in Bayern's DFB-Pokal showdown with Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, while Germany have scheduled pre-tournament friendlies against Austria and Saudi Arabia.

Germany are in Group F with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, and play their first match on Sunday, 17 June.

"This is a big responsibility to continue developing players", he said. He took over after the 2006 World Cup and has led his country to at least the semi-finals in all of the five major tournaments.

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