Khedira out of Germany squad as Low calls up Kehrer, Havertz and Schulz

Leroy Sane has returned to the Germany squad after missing out on the World Cup, but there is no place for Juventus' Sami Khedira.

Germany midfielder Sami Khedira   -  Getty Images

Sami Khedira is not in the Germany squad for its Nations League opener against France, but Joachim Low says that the Juventus midfielder remains available.

Khedira is the headline absentee from the Low's first selection since Germany was knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage.

Leroy Sane was omitted from the Russia 2018 squad, but the Manchester City winger returns, while Thilo Kehrer, Kai Havertz and Nico Schulz have received their maiden call-ups.

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Jonathan Tah of Bayer Leverkusen and Freiburg striker Nils Petersen are back in the squad after missing out on the World Cup.

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is out after retiring from international football, but Sane's City teammate Ilkay Gundogan keeps his place after apologising for the pair meeting Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup.

Low, who remains in charge despite Germany's poor title defence in Russia, explained the door remains open for Khedira to return.

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"I had a long conversation with Sami Khedira. He told me: 'You do not retire from the national team'," Low said on Wednesday.

"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 faces France in its first Nations League match on September 6 and Low's men take on Peru in a friendly three days later.

Kevin Trapp, Marvin Plattenhardt and Sebastian Rudy – who joined Schalke from Bayern this week – miss out, but Leon Goretzka is in despite suffering a sprain in Bastian Schweinsteiger's testimonial on Tuesday.

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Germany squad in full

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona); Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Nico Schulz (Hoffenheim), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen); Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich) , Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Nils Petersen (Freiburg), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

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