Keeper Manuel Neuer, uncapped striker Nils Petersen in Germany's provisional squad

Germany coach Joachim Loew during the press conference

Germany coach Joachim Loew during the press conference

Defending Champions of FIFA World Cup, Germany has announced its 27-man provisional squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup which will be played in Russian Federation.

The 32-year-old Neuer suffered a broken bone in his foot and only returned to training days ago but Germany coach Joachim Loew chose to take 4 keepers to the training camp in the Italian Alps from May 23-June 5. He's now taking a full part in training in Munich. However, Bayern's goalkeeper will be monitored during the training camp. "But you can not go into such a tournament without match practice".

The FIFA World Cup titleholders will have to submit their final 23-man squad including three goalkeepers on June 4.

Uncapped Freiburg striker Petersen received an invitation from the national team after scoring 15 goals in the Bundesliga this season. He has always made a very good impression.

Marco Reus was also selected, but Borussia Dortmund teammate Goetze was left out.

Gotze scored in extra time, beating Argentina with a goal in the 113th minute in the World Cup final on July 13, 2014 at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "Personally, I'm very sorry for him", Loew said of Goetze.

"This is a big responsibility to continue developing players", the 58-year-old said after German football association, or DFB, president Reinhard Grindel said they had agreed to extend their current deal by 2 more years.

Germany are in Group F with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, and play their first match on Sunday, 17 June.

"I feel with him the unbroken will to remain with the national team and to keep us on top for the next few years".

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