Germany announce 23-man squad to face France and Peru with several high-profile omissions
Posted: 29 August 2018 Time: 13:00
Germany have announced their first squad since the disastrous 2018 FIFA World Cup - ahead of the newly formed UEFA Nations League campaign.
After the disastrous attempt to defend their World champions status in Russia, which ended in an embarrassing group stage exit - head coach Joachim Low has rung in the changes.
Four players from the squad taken to the 2018 global showpiece have been dropped, while Mario Gomez and Mesut Ozil announced their international retirements.
Defenders Nico Schulz, Thilo Kehrer and midfielder Kai Havert are the youth internationals introduced.
While Manchester City's Leroy Sane has earned a recall after his surprising snub for the World Cup, but there was no room for Emre Can, Shkodran Mustafi and Mario Gotze.
Die Mannschaft will play Les Blues on 6 September for their first UEFA Nations League fixture, followed by a home friendly with South American side Peru.
23-man squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Defenders: Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Jonas Hector (FC Koln), Nico Schulz (TSG Hoffenheim), Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)
Midfielders/forwards: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Timo Werner (Red Bull Leipzig), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Nils Petersen (Freiburg), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Leroy Sane (Manchester City)