Schweinsteiger left out as Löw announces squad for World Cup Qualifiers

Germany national team coach Joachim Löw selected his 22 player squad for the team’s upcoming 2014 World Cup Qualifiers against the Faroe Islands on September 7th and Austria on September 11th.

Bayern and Arsenal duo return

After missing out on the Argentina friendly last month, Bayern duo Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer are back in the squad but their teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger has been omitted by Löw as he is still nursing himself back to health following a recurring ankle injury.  Mario Gomez was also left out of the squad after undergoing ankle surgery at the beginning of the month.  Both are expected to be back in the squad for the next double header in October though.  For now Löw wants to be cautious with players and not force them back too soon.

Just like against Argentina Bastian Schweinsteiger won’t be part of the squad.  I talked to him extensively and we both agreed that more time is needed to get back into his own rhythm.  Our plans do include Bastian Schweinsteiger though for the matches in October against Ireland and Sweden.

With the Premier League fully underway now, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker also got the green light to join the national team training camp and were included in the squad.  Sven Bender is another who will miss out with injuries as the 23 year old Borussia Dortmund midfielder will be out for another two weeks with a groin injury.  Löw is glad to have at least some of his players back though:

It is good to have the captain back again.  And Per and Lukas already a couple of Premier League matches under their belt.  It was always clear though that they would participate once the qualifiers were under way.

Germany will be looking to put their disappointing EURO exit behind them and start off on the right foot with six points from their first two matches.

We are very eager to get going. We want to please our supporters with exciting football and qualify directly for the World Cup in Brazil.  Obviously we want to do that by starting with two wins in Hannover and Vienna and give us the right momentum for the rest of the year.

The Squad

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm (all Bayern Munich), Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer (both Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke 04), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)

Midfielders:
Lars Bender, Andre Schürrle (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (FC Schalke 04), Mario Götze, Ilkay Gündogan, Marco Reus (all Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil (both Real Madrid), Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller (both FC Bayern Munich), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal)

Strikers:
Miroslav Klose (S.S. Lazio)

 

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Cristian Nyari

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