Emre Can and 2014 Germany’s World Cup final hero Mario Gotze have been left out of Germany’s preliminary 35-man squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Emre Can has been a regular for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season and is expected to recover from a back injury in time for the tournament, but there is no place for him in Joachim Low’s squad.
Mario Gotze is another notable omission, with the 25-year-old failing to make the 35-man roster just four years after scoring the winning goal in the World Cup final in Brazil.
However, Mesut Ozil, Jerome Boateng and Manuel Neuer are all included despite concerns over their fitness, with the latter having been sidelined since September.
There are also places for Manchester City duo Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane, while Freiburg’s uncapped Nils Peterson is a surprise inclusion in the 35.
The preliminary squad must be whittled down to just 23 players by June 4.
Provisional Germany World Cup Squad
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hector (FC Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)
Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
Forwards: Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Nils Petersen (SC Freiburg), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) May 15, 2018
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