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Bayern trio back in Germany squad

August 30, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld. Germany Correspondent

Joachim Low has welcomed back Bayern Munich’s fit-again Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze to his squad for Germany’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Andre Schurrle celeb German
GettyImagesBastian Schweinsteiger has not played for Germany since March.

Germany currently sit on top of Group C and can edge a step closer to booking their place in Brazil next summer if they pick up wins against Austria on September 6 and Faroe Islands on September 10.

“It is our goal to make a further step to Brazil with two wins,” Low said.

For the first time since March, Low will be able to call on Schweinsteiger, while he could give captain Philipp Lahm his 100th cap.

Low has also included Borussia Monchengladbach’s Max Kruse and Bayer Leverkusen’s Sidney Sam, who made their Germany debuts during the trip to the United States in June, in his squad.

“During the U.S. trip both have shown they are good alternatives for our attacking department,” Low said.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski both missed out on selection, however, due to injury.

Goalkeepers: Rene Adler (Hambur), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover).

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund).

Midfielders:  Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sidney Sam (Bayer Leverkusen), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: Mario Gomez (Fiorentina), Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Max Kruse (Borussia Monchengladbach).

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