Germany's Loew to Take Seven Debutants to Confed Cup

Chelsea's demise was greatly exaggerated

Germany, who qualified for the tournament as a effect of the 2014 World Cup win, will face Cameroon, Australia and Chile in the group stages, with the competition getting underway a month from today. Other players like Benedikt Höwedes, Mario Götze, and Julian Weigl were also been ruled out due to injury or illness.

The Germany midfielder has received a call-up to represent his country for the world champions' Confederations Cup campaign in Russian Federation from next month.

Only three of the squad - Matthias Ginter, Julian Draxler and Shkodran Mustafi - won the 2014 World Cup and none of them played in the final.

"We have players in the squad like Jonas Hector, Julian Draxler and Shkodran Mustafi who have already played in tournaments and they will bring qualities and could have leading roles within the team".

Wagner, 29, is joined by Hoffenheim team-mate Kerem Demirbay, Lars Stindl of Borussia Moenchengladbach, Hertha Berlin's Marvin Plattenhardt, Amin Younes of Dutch club Ajax and RB Leipzig's Diego Demme.

"Sandro Wagner has his own way and means of playing", Loew said of the forward whose 11 goals helped Hoffenheim reach at least the Champions League playoffs this season. "Then I'd be happy", explained Loew. "The 2018 World Cup stands above everything else".

Midfielders Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos and Marco Reus are also omitted from the 23-man squad.

"That is emotionally extremely exhausting, not just physically".

"I talked to him in detail, I would have liked to have taken him, but I had to weigh up the risk", explained Loew.

The Confederations Cup might not seem like a big deal, but when we're deep in the pit of a football-less summer we'll all be crying out for it.

Arsenal defender Mustafi, Liverpool midfielder Can and Manchester City winger Sane are the only English-based players involved with the world champions.

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