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 By Mark Lovell

Manuel Neuer returning for Bayern Munich, will be ready for World Cup - Heynckes

Defending champs Germany look to become the third team to win back-to-back World Cups, but how will the favourites tag affect Die Mannschaft?
The ESPN FC crew share their thoughts on Raf Honigstein's strongest XI for Germany at the World Cup.
Joachim Low has a deep German squad with World Cup winning experience. Ian Darke leads the discussion as to why the Germans may once again be favourites.

Manuel Neuer will return to the Bayern Munich squad for the first time in over eight months in the DFB Pokal final against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday and will be ready for the World Cup, coach Jupp Heynckes has said.

Neuer, 32, has not played a competitive match since undergoing surgery in September.

But Heynckes told a news conference ahead of his final game in charge of the club that the captain would return and would play a big part for his country in the summer.

"He's completed full training...

 By Mark Lovell

Bayern Munich's Sandro Wagner retires from international football after Germany snub

Defending champs Germany look to become the third team to win back-to-back World Cups, but how will the favourites tag affect Die Mannschaft?
Joachim Low has a deep German squad with World Cup winning experience. Ian Darke leads the discussion as to why the Germans may once again be favourites.
The ESPN FC crew share their thoughts on Raf Honigstein's strongest XI for Germany at the World Cup.
Joachim Low explains Mario Gotze's dip in form with Borussia Dortmund was the reason for why he was omitted from Germany's World Cup roster.
Here are the players that most helped Germany waltz through World Cup qualifying and who will be called on to defend their title.

MUNICH -- Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner has announced his retirement from international football after Germany coach Joachim Low left him out of the reigning champions' provisional World Cup squad on Tuesday.

Wagner, 30, joined Bayern from Hoffenheim in January to increase his chances of playing in Russia. However, Low couldn't find a place for Wagner despite a tally of eight league goals for the Bundesliga champions in 14 matches.

"I am hereby retiring from the national team with immediate...

Turkey president photos a 'lesson' for Germany's Mesut Ozil, Ilkay Gundogan - Joachim Low

Here are the players that most helped Germany waltz through World Cup qualifying and who will be called on to defend their title.
Joachim Low has a deep German squad with World Cup winning experience. Ian Darke leads the discussion as to why the Germans may once again be favourites.

Germany coach Joachim Low has defended midfielders Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan after they were criticised for taking photos with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Arsenal's Ozil and Manchester City's Gundogan, both born in Gelsenkirchen but of Turkish descent, posed for photos during Erdogan's visit to London on Sunday, drawing criticism from several politicians and from Reinhard Grindel, the head of the Germany football federation (DFB).

"We told them that this has not been the best idea,"...

Germany World Cup squad omits Mario Gotze as Joachim Low signs new contract

The ESPN FC crew share their thoughts on Raf Honigstein's strongest XI for Germany at the World Cup.
Joachim Low has a deep German squad with World Cup winning experience. Ian Darke leads the discussion as to why the Germans may once again be favourites.
Here are the players that most helped Germany waltz through World Cup qualifying and who will be called on to defend their title.
Joachim Low explains Mario Gotze's dip in form with Borussia Dortmund was the reason for why he was omitted from Germany's World Cup roster.
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer says his place in Germany's World Cup 2018 squad is still in doubt after missing most of the season with a foot injury.

Mario Gotze was not included in Germany's preliminary World Cup squad announced on Tuesday by the German football federation (DFB), which also revealed a contract extension for coach Joachim Low through the 2022 World Cup.

Low, who had been linked with a move to Arsenal to replace Arsene Wenger, had been under contract through Euro 2020 and said he is driven by the idea of "developing and furthering a team which sets it sights on the highest goals."

"The planning horizon over four years is ideal,...

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Germany slam Ozil and Gundogan over photos with Turkey's Erdogan

Joachim Low has a deep German squad with World Cup winning experience. Ian Darke leads the discussion as to why the Germans may once again be favourites.
Here are the players that most helped Germany waltz through World Cup qualifying and who will be called on to defend their title.

The head of Germany's football federation (DFB) criticised national team players Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan on Monday for having their picture taken with Turkey's president.

Arsenal's Ozil and Manchester City's Gundogan posed for photos on Sunday in London with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Both midfielders are of Turkish descent but were born in Gelsenkirchen in Germany and chose to represent the country of their birth internationally.

But DFB chief Reinhard Grindel said in a statement that...