Emre Can out of Germany's provisional World Cup squad
By Zinny Boswell
Last Updated: 15/05/18 1:01pm
Liverpool's Emre Can has been left out of Germany's provisional 27-man squad for the World Cup, while Manuel Neuer is included.
Can has not played for Liverpool since suffering a back injury during their 5-0 win against Watford at Anfield in March.
Neuer, who has not played since September, was expected to miss the tournament after Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynkes revealed he was unlikely to play again this season.
Germany head coach Joachim Low has selected four Premier League players including Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger along with Manchester City's Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan.
However, there was no place in the squad for Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, who was part of the World Cup-winning squad in 2014 and has 20 international caps.
Freiburg striker Nils Petersen earned his first call-up to the national team, ensuring his place in the squad ahead of Bayern Munich forward Sandro Wagner.
Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze, who scored the goal to win Germany the World Cup in 2014, has been omitted by Low. The midfielder has made 32 appearances for his club this term.
Cologne defender Jonas Hector has been included despite his club side being relegated from the Bundesliga this season.
Provisional Germany World Cup Squad
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hector (FC Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)
Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
Forwards: Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Nils Petersen (SC Freiburg), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)