Germany announce preliminary 35-man squad

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Low, however, has included the Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer despite has not featured since September were he suffered a foot injury.

Manchester City's Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan are among the Premier League players to be selected. We will be open and honest after the training camp, and without match practice, you can't go into a tournament.

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We want to see for ourselves if Manuel Neuer is fit, we have a chance to see and assess him. "It's hard to imagine playing at a tournament like the World Cup without any prior match practice". He has been named amongst four goalkeepers, one of whom will be cut for the final 23-man squad which must be named by June 4.

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. "I respect his unbroken will to stay with the national team and to win more titles in the next few years", DFB president Reinhard Grindl said. "And apart from that he is a very good substitute", Loew said of Petersen. Given Loew's trust in experienced players, local media are speculating that 2014 World Cup hero Mario Goetze could be recalled despite a disappointing season at Borussia Dortmund and his omission for the recent friendlies with Spain and Brazil.

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Germany are in Group F with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in this summer's tournament in Russian Federation.

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