Germany coach Joachim Löw chose his final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Monday. It is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-André ter Stegen (CF Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St. Germain).
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jonas Hector (1. FC Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha BSC), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea FC), Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich).
Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St. Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus Turin), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Özil (Arsenal FC), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich).
Forwards: Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).
This means that Löw has cut Bayer Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno, defender Jonathan Tah (also Leverkusen) ,as well as Manchester City winger Leroy Sané and SC Freiburg forward Nils Petersen from his provisional squad.
The omission of Leno in favor of Trapp as third goalkeeper is very surprising, though probably not consequential. The former had a decent season with his club, while the latter was usually only second choice at his.
Trapp also made an error that led to the only goal in Germany’s 1-0 friendly loss to Brazil earlier this year.
As for the other cuts, they are more consequential, but not really that surprising. Tah was brought in as a backup to Boateng, if his injury did not heal in time, which it did.
Leroy Sané had a great season with his club team, but simply was unable to reproduce his club form with Germany. Therefore, his omission is not the surprise that some make it out to be.
Peterson’s cut is not surprising at all. His call-up to the provisional squad was honestly a fluke to begin with, his omission does however leave Germany with only two real center forwards in the squad.