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2018 World Cup Qualifier: Boateng back for Germany, Ozil, Khedira out (Punch)

2018 World Cup Qualifier: Boateng back for Germany, Ozil, Khedira out (Punch)

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng made his return to the Germany squad announced by Joachim Loew on Friday for the closing two World Cup qualifiers.

Group leaders with eight straight wins, Germany need just a single point to ensure direct qualification for the finals in Russia, either against Northern Ireland next Thursday in Belfast or at home to Azerbaijan on October 8.

But several key players are missing from Loew’s squad due to injury.

Although the experienced Boateng will be back to bolster the defence alongside Mats Hummels, many of Germany’s World Cup winning squad are left off the list. Read more

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