Goetze out, Ozil, Neuer in Germany’s World Cup squad


Arsenal attacker Mesut Ozil, Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos and Bayern Munich trio Mats Hummels, Thomas Mueller and Jerome Boateng are part of Germany’s 27-man provisional list for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Fans were eager to know the fate of long-term injury absentee Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich and he made the list. He returned to training last week after a long layoff. His teammate, Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus, who missed the 2014 World Cup due to injury also made the provisional list.

However, 2014 World Cup final goal scorer against Argentina, Mario Gotze, was left out of the squad along with the injured Liverpool midfielder Emre Can. Also, Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, who was a member of the 2014 World Cup winning squad, was also dropped.

But it was fair deal for Manchester City pair Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan, Paris Saint-Germain’s Julien Draxler, Sami Khedira of Juventus, Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona and Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger who all made the squad.

The Germans are drawn in Group F alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea at this year’s World Cup and they will begin the defense of their title against Mexico on June 17.