Gotze, Can miss out in Germany's 27-man squad [FULL LIST]

Germany coach Low agrees contract extension to 2022

Low extends Germany deal, Gotze axed

Low has until June 4 to submit his final 23-man squad that will represent Germany in Russian Federation and attempt to become the first back-to-back World Cup winners since Brazil in 1962. "We want to observe him ourselves to form an impression and will be able to do that at the training camp", Loew said of the side's preparations in South Tyrol, Italy, from May 23.

Meanwhile, Mario Gotze was not included in Germany's preliminary World Cup squad because of his ongoing struggles with Borussia Dortmund.

The 27-man squad announced on Tuesday by Germany coach, Joachim Low, is made up of four goalkeepers, nine defenders, ten midfielders and four strikers. "We saw that we're not as good as we're always told we are - and perhaps some of us think we are".

The 2014 World Cup victor had been linked with several high profile roles, including the vacant Arsenal post.

However, Loew pulled a surprise by handing a first call-up to Freiburg striker Nils Petersen, 29, the top-scoring German in the Bundesliga this season with 15 goals.

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A groin injuy to Jerome Boateng has left the centre-back in a race against time to be fit for the finals, with defensive options limited beyond regulars Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich and Cologne's Jonas Hector.

Manchester City's Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan are among the Premier League players to be selected.

In the post since 2006, Loew, 58, who steered Germany to their 2014 World Cup triumph, has signed a two-year extension to take him through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Germany's captain and goalkeeper, had not played since September and still has to prove his fitness ahead of the June 14 start to the World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

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