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Arsenal pair Podolski, Mertesacker named in Germany squad as Schweinsteiger returns

Germany boss Joachim Low has named Arsenal duo Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker in his 22-man squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Group C leaders Die Mannschaft head to Dublin to take on Republic of Ireland on October 12 before hosting Sweden in Berlin four days later with Low naming the Gunners pair as well as recalling Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger who missed last month's wins over Faroe Islands and Austria with a niggling injury.

"We did not choose him last time for a reason and that was to give him a chance in peace and quiet to get back into a training and match rhythm," said Low.

"His performances with Bayern have shown that this was precisely the right choice.

"I am delighted that Bastian is back with us. It was always certain that Bastian would be in the squad for Ireland and Sweden. "

Germany squad for Republic of Ireland and Sweden qualifiers


Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover) Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Monchengladbach)


Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich) Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich) Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich) Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund) Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) Benedikt Howedes (Schalke) Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)


Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund) Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich) Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich) Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen) Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen) Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid)


Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) Miroslav Klose (Lazio)

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