Schweinsteiger returns to Germany squad

The influential midfielder returns to the national team after missing the previous game as the team aims to add six more points to its World Cup qualification tally.
Joachim Low has named Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sven Bender among his 23-man party for Germany's upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan.

The Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund midfielders missed the Nationalelf's friendly against France last month due to injury, but have both shaken off their recent physical problems.

However, Low will have to make do without the services of the injured Mats Hummels and Holger Badstuber in defense, while Lazio striker Miroslav Klose is unavailable as well.

"I expect us to win both games versus Kazakhstan," Low commented at a press conference. "Kazakhstan choose for a physical approach and they are a good defensive unit. They will do whatever they can to break our rhythm. I'm counting on six points, though."

Germany will travel to Kazakhstan on March 22, before hosting the same opponent four days later.

Name Club
Rene Adler Hamburg
Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich
Ron-Robert Zieler Hannover
Jerome Boateng Bayern Munich
Benedikt Howedes Schalke
Marcel Schmelzer Borussia Dortmund
Philipp Lahm Bayern Munich
Per Mertesacker Arsenal
Heiko Westermann Hamburg
Lars Bender Bayer Leverkusen
Sven Bender Borussia Dortmund
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
Thomas Muller Bayern Munich
Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund
Andre Schurrle Bayer Leverkusen