Injured Neuer in Germany's provisional squad, Emre Can left out

GETTYGermany World Cup squad- the 27 men in line to go to Russia

GETTYGermany World Cup squad- the 27 men in line to go to Russia

"What is clear is that without match practice to go into a World Cup is not possible. He knows that. We will see at the end of the month or early June how things look and then we will have an honest discussion".

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. "He has little global experience but he will grow with the task", Loew said. I think Mario has awesome quality.

Loew could well announce an expanded provisional list, like a number of other national team coaches, and wait until the June 4 deadline to reveal his final 23-man squad for the tournament.

Manuel Neuer's fitness will be Germany's biggest question to answer ahead of the World Cup, but in case he is fit, there is no question as to who will don the No. 1 jersey for the defending champions. "That speaks for itself", Loew said.

"We had some players on the pitch who had the opportunity to show themselves at this level - they did not take it", midfielder Toni Kroos said after the defeat in Berlin.

Petersen scored six goals to make him the tournament's top scorer.

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Uncapped Freiburg striker Nils Petersen is rewarded for a fine goalscoring season in the Bundesliga, but there is no place for Bayern's Sandro Wagner.

Germany will begin its World Cup defense with group games against Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

Loew's contract had been set to expire after Euro 2018 but the coach will now be in charge of Die Mannschaft through to the World Cup in 2022, which is being held in the Middle East nation for the first time.

Loew, whose current deal runs out in 2020, has been in charge for 12 years.

German soccer federation president Reinhard Grindel criticized both players, who have Turkish roots, for posing for the photos, saying Erdogan's repressive control did not correspond with the values cherished by the DFB or football.

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