Both Marco Reus and Mats Hummels have been left out of the Germany squad for the upcoming World Cup, with Reus suffering yet another injury while Hummels has been overlooked based on form.
33-year-old Hummels has appeared 76 times for Germany since his debut in 2010, but missed all of the Nations League clashes under Hansi Flick, and despite his good form for Borussia Dortmund this season, the veteran World Cup winner has not been included.
Neither has teammate Marco Reus, though this time through injury, with the winger having been beset by ankle problems so far this season. He joins Timo Werner on the sidelines, with the RB Leipzig forward ruled out last week following an ankle injury sustained against Shakhtar Donetsk in a comprehensive 4-0 win.
Inter Milan defender Robin Gosens is another casualty, with the wing-back having been overlooked after managing just 22 minutes in the Nations League campaign.
There is some good news for Dortmund fans, however, with youngster Youssoufa Moukoko having been selected by Hansi Flick for the tournament.
The 17-year-old has played just 676 minutes in the Bundesliga this season, but has grabbed six goals and four assists, averaging a contribution every 67 minutes as he looks to fill the gap left by Erling Haaland in the Dortmund frontline.
And, with Werner injured, there is a spot in the Germany starting XI available, with all of Niclas Fullkrug, Moukoko and Karim Adeyemi all set to fight it out to lead the line for Flick’s side.
Germany begin their World Cup campaign against Japan on November 23rd, looking to put the memories of a disappointing 2018 firmly behind them with this tournament.
Squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp
Defenders: Armel Bella-Kotchap, Matthias Ginter, Christian Gunter, Thilo Kehrer, Lukas Klostermann, David Raum, Antonio Rudiger, Nico Schlotterbeck, Niklas Sule.
Midfielders: Ilkay Gundogan, Julian Brandt, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka, Mario Gotze, Jonas Hofmann, Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala.
Forwards: Karim Adeyemi, Niclas Fullkrug, Youssoufa Moukoko, Kai Havertz, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane.