Eppan, Italy (dpa) – Germany captain Manuel Neuer was included in the final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia on Monday having proved his fitness following injury.
While goalkeeper Neuer could breathe a sigh of relief, there was heartbreak for fellow stopper Bernd Leno, defender Jonathan Tah and forwards Nils Petersen and Leroy Sane who were cut from coach Joachim Loew’s preliminary squad.
Bayern Munich’s Neuer, 32, missed most of the season with a broken foot and played for the first time since September in Germany’s 2-1 defeat at Austria on Saturday. Loew has already said Neuer will start as his number one in Russia.
Reigning champions Germany meet Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in Group F of the World Cup which begins June 14.