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Neuer, Mueller, Kroos left out of Germany squad against US, qualifier against Gibraltar

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FRANKFURT, Germany — Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, forward Thomas Mueller and midfielder Toni Kroos have been left out of Germany's squad for the upcoming friendly against the United States and the European Championship qualifier against Gibraltar.

The three key members of Germany's World Cup-winning team are being rested after a busy season, according to coach Joachim Loew.

In addition, Neuer has "several injuries" that need to be treated over the upcoming weeks, Loew said. The coach wants Mueller and Kroos to be ready for key qualifying matches in the fall.

Defender Benedikt Hoewedes is out with an ankle injury, while forwards Marco Reus and Julian Draxler are on call. Both have injury-plagued seasons behind them.

Midfielder Patrick Herrmann could make his Germany debut. He was in the squad once in March 2013 but did not play.

PHOTO: Bayern's Thomas Mueller, center, celebrates with fans as the team celebrate winning the Bundesliga title after the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and FSV Mainz 05 at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Bayern's Thomas Mueller, center, celebrates with fans as the team celebrate winning the Bundesliga title after the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and FSV Mainz 05 at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Germany plays the United States in Cologne on June 10 and then travels to Faro, Portugal, to face Gibraltar three days later.


The squad:

Goalkeepers: Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Antonio Ruediger (Stuttgart), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim)

Midfielders: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund), Patrick Herrmann (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Inter Milano), Andre Schuerrle (Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Max Kruse (Borussia Moenchengladbach)

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