Germany boss Joachim Low has omitted Sami Khedira from his Nations League squad but insists he remains available
The Juventus midfielder is the most notable absentee from the post-World Cup team with Leroy Sane returning after being left out of Russia.
Thilo Kehrer, Kai Havertz and Nico Schulz have all been called for the first time.
Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah and Freiburg striker Nils Petersen have also been recalled after missing the World Cup.
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who was involved in the Turkey president scandal with Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, retains his place in the squad
Kevin Trapp, Marvin Plattenhardt and Schalke 04 new boy Sebastian Rudy miss out.
Although Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka is included, despite suffering a sprain in Bastian Schweinsteiger’s testimonial on Tuesday.
While reflecting on his choices, Low explained that the door remains open for Khedira to return.
“I had a long conversation with Sami Khedira,” said Low, according to SportsKeeda.
“He told me: ‘You do not retire from the national team’.
“But I also told him that I wanted to create space, also in this position and that we will continue our talks when the time comes.
“He set himself clear goals and has also taken on responsibility after this World Cup.”
Germany will take on France for their first Nations League match on September 6.
A friendly match against Peru awaits another three days later.
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) August 29, 2018