Löw reveals his squad for the upcoming matches

24 players have been nominated for Germany’s matches against Austria and the Faroe Islands.

Both Leverkusen’s Sidney Sam and Gladbach’s Max Kruse have been rewarded for their good start to the 2013/14 season with a place in Löw’s national team. Their prior good showing during the national team’s friendlies against the USA and Ecuador did also weigh into his thought process according to Löw.

”The two of them showed during our trip to the US that they were good alternatives for our attack.”

Weidenfeller not nominated and injuries

Dortmund’s keeper Roman Weidenfeller has once agains not made the cut, despite Löw holding the backdoor open to the veteran. Hannover’s Ron-Robert Zieler has been nominated as Löw’s third choice goalkeeper instead.

Ilkay Gündogan, Marcell Jansen and Lukas Podolski are all out with different injuries, whilst Mario Götze, Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger are making their return to Löw’s squad after their absence against Paraguay.

The squad:

Goalkeepers: René Adler (Hamburger SV), Manuel Neuer (Bayern München), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern München), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern München), Per Mertesacker (FC Arsenal), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Mario Götze (Bayern München), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern München), Thomas Müller (Bayern München), Mesut Özil (Real Madrid), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sidney Sam (Bayer Leverkusen), André Schürrle (FC Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern München)

Strikers: Mario Gomez (AC Fiorentina), Miroslav Klose (Lazio Roma), Max Kruse (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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