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Low extends Germany deal, Gotze axed

Low extends Germany deal, Gotze axed

Germany coach Joachim Loew will stay in charge through the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

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.

Joachim Low has told Manuel Neuer he must gain match practice if the Germany captain is to be part of his country's World Cup defence.

Uncapped Petersen is regarded to be a certainty for the final squad of 23 that Loew has to announce on June 4 following the two-week training camp.

Neuer, out of action since September due to a foot injury, has been given the chance to prove his fitness, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp his rivals for selection.

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Freiburg striker Nils Petersen earned his first call-up to the national team, ensuring his place in the squad ahead of Bayern Munich forward Sandro Wagner. "On one hand, the players who have been named are over the moon".

Reinhard Grindel, the president of the DFB, confirmed the news at the announcement of Germany's World Cup squad for the Russian Federation 2018 finals and also revealed Oliver Bierhoff, the national team's director, has extended until 2024. "The decision is never against a particular player, but for the overall success of the team".

Club-mate Marco Reus and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer have been included, however.

Germany faces Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in World Cup Group F. It plays its last warm-up games against Austria on June 6 and Saudi Arabia on June 8.

Low's backroom team of Thomas Schneider, Andreas Kopke, Oliver Bierhoff and Marcus Sorg have also all extended their contracts.