Germany boss Joachim Low extends contract until 2022

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Joachim Low has extended his contract with Germany until 2022.

Joachim Low has put his focus on winning the World Cup for a second time after agreeing a new contract as Germany coach until 2022.

The German Football Association (DFB) announced the deal shortly before Low named a 27-man provisional squad for the tournament in Russia, which included Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer despite his injury woes.

Low, 58, has been in charge of Germany’s national team since 2006, guiding them to glory at the 2014 World Cup as well as the final of Euro 2008 and the semi-finals of the competition in 2012 and 2016.

Low’s entire backroom staff have also agreed new deals, as has national team managing director Oliver Bierhoff.

Low said: “Working together with Andy Kopke, Thomas Schneider, Marcus Sorg, Oliver Bierhoff and our entire team behind the scenes, we are working to develop the best players in Germany and make them better, to form a team going for the highest goals in football. That drives me and brings me huge joy.

“I have a great desire going into the upcoming World Cup in Russia and the intense weeks with the team to come. This tournament is now my full focus.”

DFB president Reinhard Grindel said the contract reflected the association’s faith in Low and his team.

“It shows great mutual trust and respect that we will continue to work with all of the decision-makers on the sporting side,” he said on the DFB website. “I have always said that Jogi Low is the best coach for the national team.

“I feel with him the unbroken will to remain with the national team and to keep us on top for the next few years. He wants to win more titles, but also stands for values such as fair play and tolerance, making him an excellent representative for Germany and the DFB.”

Neuer, who has played in five games this season having broken a metatarsal in September, is one of four goalkeepers named in Low’s provisional squad, with Barcelona‘s Marc-Andre ter Stegen seen as the man most likely to start following Neuer’s injury problems.

The experienced 27-man group also includes the likes of Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Mario Gomez, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil and Leroy Sane, but there is no place for Borussia Dortmund‘s Mario Gotze – the man who scored the winning goal in the final four years ago.

Also missing was Liverpool‘s Emre Can, who has not played since suffering a back injury in March.

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Joe Hart set to miss the cut for England World Cup squad

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Joe Hart set to miss the cut for England's World Cup squad

Joe Hart‘s World Cup dreams appear to have gone up in smoke as Gareth Southgate prepares to name the England squad bound for Russia.

Months of speculation, scrutiny and intrigue come to a head on Wednesday afternoon, when the 23 men charged with taking on the world’s best this summer are revealed.

Their delight will contrast markedly with the disappointment of those missing out, with Hart – comfortably England’s most-experienced player – said to have missed the cut.

Despite the 75-cap goalkeeper’s struggles for form and game-time, Southgate spoke glowingly about his professionalism and leadership when third-fiddle to Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland in March’s international meet-up.

The England manager also underlined the importance of the West Ham loanee’s role in getting his country to the World Cup and just last August called the criticised shot-stopper the country’s “best goalkeeper”.

But Burnley’s Nick Pope has reportedly usurped him in pecking order after Southgate called Hart on Monday to tell him he would not be in the squad heading to Russia.

It is a bold – and no doubt difficult – call, but Southgate said in March that he was being “really straight with him throughout” the selection process.

“Joe’s professionalism has been brilliant with us,” the England boss said after the March friendlies. “He’s always performed well for us.

“We had the best defensive record in Europe in qualifying.

“This week, even though he knew he wasn’t going to be involved in the games, he’s been a positive influence on the other players.”

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Injured Manuel Neuer named in Germany's 27-man pre-World Cup squad

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Injured Manuel Neuer was named in Germany’s extended 27-man pre-World Cup squad on Tuesday, but there was no place for Brazil 2014 winner Mario Goetze.

Neuer, Germany’s captain and goalkeeper, has not played since September and still has to prove his fitness ahead of the June 14 start to the World Cup finals in Russia.

While Goetze misses out, coach Joachim Loew pulled a surprise by handing Freiburg striker Nils Petersen a first call-up.

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