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Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer left off Germany's squad for USA friendly

Three FC Bayern players were named to Germany's squad to face the United States.

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Jogi Löw named his Germany squad for the friendly against the United States on June 10 and the Euro qualifier against Gibraltar on June 13. As one might expect from any and every German squad unveiled, Bayern Munich are well represented in the side. World Cup winners Jerome Boateng, Mario Götze, and Bastian Schweinsteiger are in the team for the two matches.

Schweinsteiger, still the best central midfielder on the team when healthy, missed a good number of games for Germany due to injury after being named captain, so he will get an opportunity to continue to stamp his authority on the team in these matches. Boateng remains Germany's best defender, so the "as long as he's fit, he'll play" approach is a no-brainer. Götze's form for Bayern dipped after his stellar start to the campaign, but he's still Mario Götze and deserves his call-up.

However, Löw and the DFB decided against calling up Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer. Müller, in addition to Toni Kroos, are being left out of the squad to rest. Löw said, "I've been able to count on them a lot recently. They deserve a break. I have one eye on the next set of qualifiers and on next year's European Championship, should we reach it." Both have played over 60 games since the World Cup last summer.

Neuer, on the other hand, will miss the matches to fully recover from the injury that he suffered a few weeks ago. "Manuel is also a reliable player. Everyone knows him. However, the team doctor has told us that he can't train or play pain free currently," Löw said. "He's had a long season and picked up a number of knocks so we're letting him rest. He'll be back in the squad for autumn's games."

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