World Cup Goal Hero Gotze Won't Repeat The Feat!

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Joachim Low has told Manuel Neuer he must gain match practice if the Germany captain is to be part of his country's World Cup defence. Loew opts for Petersen over Bayern Munich forward Sandro Wagner.

The 32-year-old Bayern Munich star is one of four goalkeepers named by head coach Joachim Loew, who will have to cut four names when the final 23-man squad is submitted for the World Cup finals, which start on June 14 in Russian Federation. However, the Bayern Munich goalkeeper will be monitored during the training camp, reports Xinhua news agency.

He took charge following that tournament in 2006 and went on to lead Germany to the final of Euro 2008, where they lost to Spain.


However, Loew pulled a surprise by handing a first call-up to Freiburg striker Nils Petersen, 29, the top-scoring German in the Bundesliga this season with 15 goals.

"We want to thank you for the trust placed in us, which is also an obligation to establish ourselves amongst the best in the world", said Loew directly to Grindel.

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


Reus, meanwhile, appears to finally have a chance to play in a World Cup, having returned to form and fitness at Borussia Dortmund since his comeback from injury in February.

The buildup to the squad announcement was overshadowed by photos of midfielders Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan presenting jerseys to Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London at the weekend.

The Taeguk Warriors reached the semi-finals when South Korea co-hosted the 2002 World Cup, but they struggled in qualifying and have been drawn against Sweden, Mexico and holders Germany in a tough Group F. Top-rated Son scored 18 goals in all competitions this term for Spurs, who finished third in the Premier League to secure another season of Champions League football.


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