FIFA World Cup 2014 hero Mario Gotze won’t be in Germany squad for Russia 2018
FIFA World Cup 2014 hero Mario Gotze won’t be in Germany squad for Russia 2018 World Cup. The provisional squad revealed by Germany national team coach Joachim Low didn’t include the hero of the last World Cup final.
Mario Gotze scored the only goal in World Cup final for Germany in extra-time against Argentina, which helped Germany lift their fourth World Cup. Low is the same man who asked substitute Gotze to show the world you’re better than Messi before the Dortmund player came on the pitch in final, but unfortunately, he can’t back the dynamic player any longer.
Low told the press referring to Gotze, “It wasn’t his season. He has enormous quality, but he hasn’t really been on form. I’m sorry for him personally.”
However, Mario’s Borussia Dortmund teammate Marco Reus has found his place in World Cup provisional squad this time. He missed the last World Cup due to his injuries but this season he looked fit. Low added on Reus inclusion, “He is capable of extraordinary things. I’m expecting a lot from him. I hope that he stays healthy, then he’ll be able to help us in the tournament.”
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It’s not only Gotze who missed the provisional squad. Andre Schurrle – who assisted him to score the FIFA World Cup 2014 final goal also missed the place in the provisional squad. The duo will be missed in Russia 2018.
Die Mannschaft provisional squad for Russia 2018:
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (PSG)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hector (FC Koln), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayern Leverkusen)
Midfielders/Attackers: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (PSG), Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Nils Petersen (SC Freiburg), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)