German coach in a fix over World Cup squad announcement

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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.

Low left out midfielder Gotze, who scored the winning goal in the final against Argentina four years ago but has had a lacklustre season.

You can see the 35-man Germany squad below...

Marc-Andre ter Stegen is on the back of a tremendous season for Barcelona, and will be an nearly equally good replacement in goal - that is saying a lot when the keeper you are replacing is Manuel Neuer.

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Reinhard Grindel, the president of the DFB, confirmed the news at the announcement of Germany's World Cup squad for the Russian Federation 2018 finals and also revealed Oliver Bierhoff, the national team's director, has extended until 2024.

While Goetze misses out, coach Joachim Loew pulled a surprise by handing Freiburg striker Nils Petersen a first call-up.

"It is never against a player, but always in the interests of the team". My job as national coach is sometimes to drop a bombshell on some players' dreams.

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

The Germans battle Mexico in the group stage at 11 a.m. on June 17 at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

Petersen played nine games for Bayern Munich (two goals) in the 2011/2012 season but disappeared from the radar after failing to perform consistently for the Bavarians.

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