Germany leave Can out of World Cup squad

Joachim Low

Manuel Neuer has been included in Germany's preliminary squad for the World Cup, with Joachim Low including four goalkeepers in an initial 27-man selection.

Loew took over after the 2006 World Cup in Germany and has led his country to at least the semi-finals in all of the five major tournaments for which he has been at the helm.

The title-holders will have to submit their final 23-man squad including three goalkeepers on June 4. Loew opts for Petersen over Bayern Munich forward Sandro Wagner.

"The planning horizon over four years is ideal, I'd like to think, especially because there might be some changes in the squad after the 2018 World Cup", Low said at the news conference.

Reus, who missed half of this season through injury, was ruled out of the 2014 World Cup after being injured in Germany's last warm-up match.

The Bayern Munich goalkeeper has not played since suffering a recurrence of a fractured foot in September, restricting him to just four appearances since the initial injury in April of previous year.

Neuer must now prove his fitness at a fortnight-long training camp in northern Italy, which starts on Tuesday.

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

There is also no place for Liverpool's Emre Can.

Loew has included the Bayern Munich goalkeeper in his provisional squad, along with Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bayer Leverkusen's Bernd Leno and PSG stopper Kevin Trapp.

Germany's first match in Russian Federation will be against Mexico in Moscow on June 17.

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