Khedira in Germany World Cup squad

Dwayne Harmon
May 15, 2018

He was widely tipped to miss out on a call up, but Joachim Low has made a decision to gamble and select him - now it remains to be seen if he will start any of their games, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen having just had arguably his best season for Barcelona.

Both midfielders Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan are included despite triggering friction between Berlin and Ankara after the Premier League stars posed for pictures with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London.

Interestingly with Neuer's inclusion, Germany will now be taking four goalkeepers to Russian Federation and just two strikers in Mario Gomez and Nils Petersen, with Wagner perhaps the most surprising omission.

Sidelined by injury for most of the season, Manuel Neuer has given Germany boss Joachim Loew a selection headache ahead of Tuesday's World Cup squad announcement. However, Bayern's goalkeeper will be monitored during the training camp.

The Borussia Dortmund striker scored in extra time against Argentina in 2014 to seal Germany's fourth World Cup.

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The FIFA World Cup titleholders will have to submit their final 23-man squad including three goalkeepers on June 4. "Personally, I'm very sorry for him", Loew said of Goetze.

Jerome Boateng is named in the squad despite the centre-back missing the end of the season with a thigh injury, while uncapped Freiburg striker Nils Petersen earns a place after scoring 15 Bundesliga goals last term and Mario Gomez is also included.

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has been called up even though he is now sidelined by a groin injury.

They face Sweden in Sochi six days later before rounding off their Group F campaign against South Korea in Kazan.

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