Loew extends Germany contract till Qatar World Cup

Carrie Guzman
May 16, 2018

He is one of four goalkeepers to be selected as Germany coach Joachim Loew gives him every chance of proving his fitness for the tournament in Russian Federation.

Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze, who scored the goal to win Germany the World Cup in 2014, has been omitted by Low.

Balotelli has not been called up for Italy since the last World Cup when his attitude was the subject of barely-veiled criticism from some senior players.

The 32-year-old Neuer suffered a broken bone in his foot and only returned to training days ago but Germany coach Joachim Loew made a decision to take 4 keepers to the training camp in the Italian Alps from May 23-June 5.

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Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain).

Arsenal defender Mustafi, who was a key member of the 2014 World Cup winning squad, has been ignored.

Petersen's values might not be obvious at first sight but Loew's gut feeling, as he said himself, led him to choose the Freiburg striker over other candidates like Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner, reports Xinhua news agency. He also increased his reputation as the ideal team player, so much so that he earned high praise from the coach and former German global, Horst Hrubesch.

Manuel Neuer's fitness will be Germany's biggest question to answer ahead of the World Cup, but in case he is fit, there is no question as to who will don the No. 1 jersey for the defending champions.

Germany open their Russian Federation 2018 campaign against Mexico in Moscow on June 17, the defending champions also facing South Korea and Sweden in Group F. The 27-year-old has played only 4 matches in the league with PSG and has been far away from the action for most of the season.

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