Mario Götze and Andre Schürrle combined to lift Germany to their fourth World Cup triumph four years ago, but they’ll watch the 2018 showpiece from home.
As if Germany’s sheer strength in depth wasn’t abundantly obvious already, just look at the players that haven’t even made Löw’s provisional 27-man squad. Andre Schürrle assisted Götze for that winner four years ago, yet the pair will watch on, alongside Julian Weigl, as Reus leaves as the only Dortmund player joining up with Germany in Russia.
Benedikt Höwedes, who spent last season on loan at Juventus from Schalke, played seven of Germany’s eight games in Brazil, but he may not get another chance to add to his 44 caps despite only turning 30 in February.
There is still time for Serge Gnabry, the Bayern-owned forward who ended the season with seven goals from 14 Rückrunde games with Hoffenheim, though teammate Sven Ulreich might not be so lucky, with Neuer’s return ending any lingering hopes he may have had.