Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Götze says he is determined to play his way back into the Germany fold after being left out of Joachim Löw's 27-man provisional squad for this summer's 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Götze famously scored the winning goal in extra-time of the 2014 final against Argentina, but has struggled for form and fitness ever since.

"Of course I'm sad that I'm not attending the World Cup," Götze wrote on his official Twitter page. "I will do everything I can to get back to the squad of our national team.

"I wish the boys, the coaches and the team behind the team a good time in Russia and I will keep my fingers crossed for everyone to be world champions."

Götze (c.) brought the house down at the Maracana four years ago. © gettyimages / Jamie McDonald / Staff

Götze made four appearances in World Cup qualifying, but has featured just once for Germany in the last 18 months - as a substitute in an international friendly draw with France in November 2017.

Although the 25-year-old turned out 32 times for Dortmund in all competitions in 2017/18, registering two goals and seven assists, it wasn't enough to turn Löw's head.

"It wasn't his season," the Germany coach said of Gotze's omission. "He did not show what his qualities are. He just did not have the form. I hope that he can have a fresh start at Dortmund after the break. It's a difficult decision."

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