German has recalled Mario Gotze to their squad to represent them in the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup. The player has been out of the squad for at least five years now. The 30-year-old who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, has not played for Germany since a friendly against France in November 2017.
Bayern Munich teammates Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller will be playing in their fourth World Cup as well. Youssoufa Moukoko, Borussia Dortmund’s 17-year-old striker, is also included. Moukoko and Werder Bremen’s Niclas Fullkrug, who has scored 10 goals in 13 Bundesliga games this season, have both been called up for the first time.
Defender Mats Hummel, who played at the last two tournaments, has been left out by manager Hansi Flick, while Dortmund captain Marco Reus misses out on another World Cup with an ankle injury. RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner is also out after suffering an ankle injury earlier this month that will keep him out until 2023.
Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan and Kai Havertz are included in the squad, along with West Ham defender Thilo Kehrer and Southampton centre-back Armel Bella-Kotchap. Germany will kick off their World Cup campaign against Japan on 23 November before facing Spain and Costa Rica in Group E.
Germany Qatar 26-Man List for World Cup 2022
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Armel Bella-Kotchap (Southampton), Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg), Christian Gunter (SC Freiburg), Thilo Kehrer (West Ham), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), David Raum (RB Leipzig), Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid), Nico Schlotterbeck (Borussia Dortmund), Niklas Sule (Borussia Dortmund)
Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Jonas Hofmann (RB Leipzig), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich),
Karim Adeyemi (Borussia Dortmund), Niclas FullKrug (Werder Bremen), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Mario Gotze (Eintracht Frankfurt), Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Youssoufa Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich)