Löw made a decision
The squad with which defending champion Germany will tackle the 2018 World Cup in Russia is standing. National coach Joachim Löw announced his final line-up of 23 players at the training camp in South Tyrol on Monday. For four players the World Cup dream burst at the last moment.
From his provisional squad of 27 players, the national coach goalkeeper Bernd Leno (26), central defender Jonathan Tah (22, both Bayer Leverkusen) and attacker Nils Petersen (29, SC Freiburg) and, quite surprisingly, Leroy Sané (22, Manchester City), who was among the best players of the Premier League last season and was voted the best young professional of the season in England.
Löw spoke on Monday of an “insanely close” decision that all four players were “very, very disappointed”. “As a coach it is important to see the big picture,” said the national coach: “It is important to be able to act variably in a tournament and it is very important that we are balanced in the squad, that the positions are filled twice.
By 12 noon at the latest, the 32 World Cup participants must have registered their final World Cup line-ups with FIFA. In the event of an injury, the national coaches may nominate players up to 24 hours before the first group match (Germany will start the tournament on 17 June at 5 pm against Mexico). They do not have to have been in the provisional squad.
The DFB team is now continuing its training camp in Eppan/South Tyrol. On 8 June (7.30 p.m.) the dress rehearsal against World Cup participants Saudi Arabia is scheduled in Leverkusen, four days later the World Champion travels to Russia and moves into his accommodation at the “Vatutinki Hotel Spa Complex”.