Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Neuer conundrum for coach Joachim Loew

Neuer conundrum for coach Joachim Loew

FIFA World Cup defending champions, Germany, have announced their 27-man party to the Russia Mundial next month.

"Then we want to get a full idea, talk to him frankly and honestly, asking 'is it possible to play at the World Cup?'"

It is the first time the 29-year-old has been picked for Germany's senior squad.

The 32-year-old Neuer suffered a broken bone in his foot and only returned to training days ago but Germany coach Joachim Loew chose to take 4 keepers to the training camp in the Italian Alps from May 23-June 5.

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Neuer, out of action since September due to a foot injury, has been given the chance to prove his fitness, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp his rivals for selection.

Bayer Leverkusen's Julian Brandt and Leon Goretzka, who will join Bayern from Schalke in the summer, are budding stars tipped to make a name for themselves on the global stage as well.

The defending World Cup champions are expected to be among the favourites to win the tournament in Russian Federation this year. Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus missed the 2014 tournament in Brazil after sustaining an ankle injury in the team's warm-up win over Armenia.

Petersen never complained when losing his place in the starting eleven but continued to support the team.

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Oliver Bierhoff, the national team general manager, is also extending his deal, to 2024, along with assistant Marcus Sorg.

They open their World Cup campaign against Mexico on June 17, before fixtures against Sweden (June 23) and South Korea (June 27).

Petersen played nine games for Bayern Munich (two goals) in the 2011/2012 season but disappeared from the radar after failing to perform consistently for the Bavarians.

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