Emre Can out of Germany's provisional World Cup squad

Emre Can

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. "I don't think it is possible to go into a World Cup without playing practice".

Mario Gotze, who scored the victor against Argentina in the final four years ago, has been axed following a disappointing season at Borussia Dortmund.

"We saw that it was not his season, not the normal form with his quality", Loew told reporters.

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.

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.

"Marco is a special weapon and has a lot of strong attributes - speed, instinct, feeling for the spaces, game intelligence". "I have a bit of understanding that two hearts beat in the chests of players with an immigration background".

Uncapped Freiburg striker Petersen received an invitation from the national team after scoring 15 goals in the Bundesliga this season.

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

Outgoing Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes said on Friday he was "very optimistic" over the 32-year-old's chances of participating in Germany's pre-tournament training camp.

They open their World Cup campaign against Mexico on June 17, before fixtures against Sweden (June 23) and South Korea (June 27).

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