Marco Reus is the only Borussia Dortmund player to be included by Germany coach Joachim Löw in the provisional squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Mario Götze has been omitted.
"It wasn't his season. He has an enormous quality, but he hasn't really been on form. I'm sorry for him personally," said Löw of Mario Götze, whose winning goal in the final against Argentina clinched the 2014 World Cup for Germany. Of the call-up for Marco Reus, Löw said: "He's capable of extraordinary things. I'm expecting a lot from him. I hope that he stays healthy, then he'll be able to help us in this tournament."
The provisional Germany squad for the World Cup:
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-André ter Stegen (FC Barcelona),Kevin Trapp (Paris St. Germain)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jonas Hector (1. FC Köln), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea), Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)
Midfielers/attackers: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St. Germain), Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Özil (Arsenal), Nils Petersen (SC Freiburg), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sané (Manchester City), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)