Podolski and Mertesacker called up to Germany squad for France clash

The Arsenal duo keep their places in Joachim Low's squad to take on les Bleus, but Tottenham new-boy Lewis Holtby misses the chance to win his fourth international cap
Joachim Low has named Arsenal duo Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker amongst his 23-man party for Germany's friendly match with France on February 6, but Tottenham new-boy Lewis Holtby misses out.

Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez and Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira have also been recalled, having missed Germany's scoreless draw against Netherlands back in November 2012 due to injury.

Schalke midfielder Roman Neustadter has been dropped from the team that took on the Oranje three months ago, while Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber remains unavailable due to injury.

Bayer Leverkusen attacker Stefan Kiessling was expected to get a call-up for the match versus les Bleus following his fine performances this season, but misses out.

The France friendly is an opportunity for Lazio striker Miroslav Klose to equal Gerd Muller as Germany's all-time top scorer.

The 34-year-old has netted 67 times so far, and is only one goal short of the 1974 World Cup winner.

The squad to face France in full:

Name Club
Rene Adler Hamburg
Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich
Jerome Boateng Bayern Munich
Benedikt Howedes Schalke
Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund
Marcel Schmelzer Borussia Dortmund
Philipp Lahm Bayern Munich
Per Mertesacker Arsenal
Heiko Westermann Schalke
Lars Bender Bayer Leverkusen
Julian Draxler Schalke
Mario Gotze Borussia Dortmund
Ilkay Gundogan Borussia Dortmund
Bastian Schweinsteiger Bayern Munich
Sami Khedira Real Madrid
Toni Kroos Bayern Munich
Mesut Ozil Real Madrid
Lukas Podolski Arsenal
Mario Gomez Bayern Munich
Miroslav Klose Lazio
Thomas Muller Bayern Munich
Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund
Andre Schurrle Bayer Leverkusen