Loew announces German squad for World Cup qualifiers
Berlin: German coach Joachim Loew selected his 22-man team for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in group C against Ireland and Sweden.
Joachim Loew left the squad almost unchanged except three changes with regards to the last two qualifier matches.
Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger returns to the squad after his absence against Faroe Islands and Austria due to muscular issues, as reported by a news agency.
"We gave him a break to get into form and to find his rhythm. I am very happy that Bastian is with us again," Loew said Friday.
Schalke`s Julian Draxler and Dortmund`s Ilkay Guendogan will be out of action owing to their injuries. Draxler suffered a bruised wrist against Montpellier at the UEFA Europa League and Guendogan suffered a compression of his lumbar column.
"That`s bitter for Julian but I think he will return to the pitch very soon," said Loew.
Following is the squad of Germany:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc Andre ter Stegen (Monchengladbach), Ron Robert Zieler (Hannover).
Defenders: Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund).
Midfielders: Lars Bender (Leverkusen), Mario Goetze (Dortmund), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Oezil (Real Madrid), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Dortmund), Andre Schuerrle (Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich).
Striker: Miroslav Klose (Lazio).