Shkodran Mustafi, Emre Can and Leroy Sane in Germany's Confederations Cup squad
By James Dale
Last Updated: 17/05/17 6:07pm
Mesut Ozil has been rested for Germany's Confederations Cup this summer, but Shkodran Mustafi, Emre Can and Leroy Sane are included.
Germany coach Joachim Low has selected a young squad for the tournament in Russia, which stretches from June 17 to July 2 and could see those involved play up to five games ahead of returning for pre-season with their clubs.
Ozil, 28, is one of Low's key players in the national side but has been left out of the 23-man squad along with several of Germany's side that won the 2014 World Cup such as Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng.
"Some players who we've already seen play at major tournaments before have been given a break because I think three tournaments in three years is a heavy workload," said Low.
"They have been deliberately left out because the 2018 World Cup stands above all else."
Sane, Mustafi and Can have all played at least 38 games each for club and country this season, but the trio will have little time off before Germany's first game of the tournament against Australia on June 19 in Sochi.
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Low believes the competition will provide a vital learning curve ahead of next year's World Cup.
"Lots will be said about the point of the Confed Cup," Low added. "The fact is that it's there. Therefore, we will be just as well prepared as for a European Championship or a World Cup.
"Above all, we're preparing for the World Cup. That's our mission because the World Cup is the biggest tournament out there. A World Cup triumph is legendary.
"The Confed Cup is a stop en route to the World Cup and a good warm up opportunity for next year. We want to get to know the country, the people and the atmosphere in Russia. Our players can gain good experience there."
Full Germany squad
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (PSG)
Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer Leverkusen), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Niklas Sule (Hoffenheim), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Skhodran Mustafi (Arsenal), Antonio Rudiger (AS Roma)
Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Emre Can (Liverpool), Kerem Demirbay (Hoffenheim), Diego Demme (RB Leipzig), Julian Draxler (PSG), Leon Goretzka (Schalke)
Forwards: Lars Stindl (Borussia Monchengladbach), Sandro Wagner (Hoffenheim), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Amim Younes (Ajax), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim), Leroy Sane (Manchester City)