Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Germany names final 23-man squad for 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

Germany names final 23-man squad for 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

The Confederations Cup are slated for June 17-July 2 in Russian Federation.

Head coach Low chose to leave out several senior internationals, including Mustafi's Arsenal team-mate Mesut Ozil, from his squad to travel to Russian Federation next summer.

Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil are among the big names to be left out of Germany's squad for next month's Confederations Cup in Russian Federation.

Germany, Cameroon, Australia, Portugal, Mexico, New Zealand, Chile and host nation Russian Federation will all be competing to succeed Brazil as Confederations Cup holders.

"I probably wouldn't be sad if it didn't take place in 2021", said Loew, 57, admitting he is not a fan of the eight-team Confederations Cup, the warm-up tournament held one year before the World Cup.

"We have players in the squad like Jonas Hector, Julian Draxler and Shkodran Mustafi who have already played in tournaments and they will bring qualities and could have leading roles within the team".

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Ajax winger Amin Younes, 23, is amongst the debutants, along with Hoffenheim's striker Sandro Wagner and midfielder Kerem Demirbay, 23, plus Hertha Berlin's deadball expert, defender Marvin Plattenhardt, 25. "Obviously, Sandro Wagner and Lars Stindl have experience, but they're new to us".

It is all about preparing for the World Cup.

The 28-year-old will nearly certainly be a key part of Low's plans for next summer and the head coach admitted that his focus remained on 2018, not the Confederations Cup.

"There is a lot of talk in Germany about whether the Confederations Cup makes sense or not". Therefore, we will be just as well prepared as for a European Championship or a World Cup. Here are 14 of the biggest names snubbed by the world champions. "Some players would have been good for both teams", Loew said.

The 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil was won by the home nation, who beat Spain 3-0 in the final, thanks in part to a double from Fred.

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