Germany have today announced their 27-man provisional squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The reigning champions begin their defence of the world title on June 17 against Mexico. According to the rules, Germany will have to drop four names from this list to submit a final 23 man squad for the World Cup.
Manuel Neuer has been included in the squad and will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness in Russia. With Germany having such a plethora of talent to choose their squad from, there is bound to have some high profile casualties.
In this piece, we will take a look at five such quality players that have missed a chance to get on that plane to Russia:
#5 Serge Gnabry (Hoffenheim)
On loan at Hoffenheim from Bayern Munich, Serge Gnabry was one of the key members of the Julian Nagelsmann side. Gnabry played 21 times in the Bundesliga for Hoffenheim who finished third in the table.
He finished the season with 10 goals and 5 assists and is now expected to be included in the Bayern Munich squad next season. There had been talks over Gnabry impressing Germany boss Joachim Low over the course of the season.
It is this reason why his exclusion has come as a sort of a surprise. Though not at the consistent level of starting for Germany, Serge Gnabry could have been a useful tool for Die Mannschaft from the bench with his sudden burst of pace and his ability to get past his man.