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Stars Snubbed For Germany's Confed Cup Squad

Stars Snubbed For Germany's Confed Cup Squad

Loew is resting stars Sami Khedira, Mesut Oezil, Toni Kroos, Mats Hummels, Thomas Mueller and Jerome Boateng for the June 17-July 2 tournament.

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.

Three Premier League players - Mustafi, Can and Sane - were called up to the squad, but Low said that he hoped Draxler could emerge as a new leader.

He has included seven players who have yet to make an worldwide appearance, looking to blood youngsters while resting stars like Thomas Mueller, Mesut Ozil, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Toni Kroos.

Coach Joachim Loew said on Wednesday the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation was the goal and the June 17-July 2 Confederations Cup just a stop along the road, and some of his players would be competing in their third major tournament in three years.

Reus missed both the World Cup in 2014 and European Championship a year ago because of injury, strengthening his resolve to be fit for the next 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".

The uncapped players chosen are playmaker Kerem Demirbay and striker Sandro Wagner (both Hoffenheim), winger Amin Younes (Ajax), midfielder Diego Demme (RB Leipzig), goalkeeper Kevin Trapp (Paris St-Germain), defender Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin) and striker Lars Stindl (Borussia Monchengladbach).

It is all about preparing for the World Cup. Above all stands the 2018 World Cup and the road to [the final in] Moscow.

Loew's newcomers have the chance to make an impression at the Confederations Cup where Germany in the group stage play Australia on June 19 in Sochi, Chile three days later in Kazan and Cameroon on June 25 back in Sochi.

"Lots will be said about the point of the Confed Cup", Low added. It is the biggest tournament and our aim to be world champions is something that is forever. "Fact is, it is happening and we will be equally professionally prepared as in a World Cup or Euro", Loew said.

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