Coach Joachim Low is giving four young players their first opportunities to represent Germany Wednesday in the semior national team’s international friendly against Sweden. FSV Mainz midfielders Lewis Holtby and Adam Schurrle will be joined by Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder Mario Gotze and defender Marcel Schmelzer in getting their first German national team call-ups. Holtby, whose father is English and was eligible to play for England, has chosen to cast his lot with Germany. The game will be played in Goteberg, Sweden and will be available for viewing on the ESPN 3 live stream at 2:30 pm ET Wednesday afternoon. All four youngsters are said to be likely to play in the contest.
The German national team finished third in the 2010 World Cup this summer and are a perfect 4-0 in qualifying for the Euro Cup in 2012. Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger,26, will captain the German side in the friendly.
Sweden’s Coach Erik Hamren will rest AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Olof Mellberg of Olympiacos, but otherwise will field a team of national team regulars against the Germans. Helsingborg striker Alexander Gerndt, the 24 year-old who leads the Allsvenskan in scoring, has been included on Hamren’s roster for the match.
German National Team Roster for Sweden Friendly
Goalkeepers: Rene Adler (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (Schalke 04)
Defenders: Andreas Beck (Hoffenheim), Jerome Boateng (Manchester City), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund), Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen), Sascha Reither (Wolfsburg), Heiko Westermann (Hamburg)
Midfielders: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Grosskruetz (Borussia Dortmund), Lewis Holty (Mainz), Andre Schurrle (Mainz), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen), Christian Trasch (Stuttgart)
Forwards: Lukas Podolski (Koln), Cacau (Stuttgart), Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich), Patrick Helmes (Bayer Leverkusen)