Germany recall Schweinsteiger for Ireland and Sweden qualifiers

The Bayern Munich star has been named in Die Mannschaft's latest roster for the first time since Euro 2012

Joachim Low has handed a recall to Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger for Germany's upcoming World Cup 2014 qualifiers against Ireland and Sweden.

The 28-year-old was dropped from the squad that opened their qualifying campaign in September, following an injury-ridden 12 months and a loss of form.

But with that period now behind him, Low has welcomed him back into the fold and stated that his return was always likely.

"It was always clear that Bastian would come back for the Ireland and Sweden games," Low said.

"I did not call him up for a reason before, he needed the chance to get back into the training and match rhythm. His performances for Bayern have shown that this was right."

The 52-year-old will be without Schalke’s Julian Draxler (forearm fracture) and Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan, who will be sidelined for two weeks after suffering a back injury in Wednesday's Champions League draw with Manchester City.

Low also refused to be swayed by media pressure in Germany to give a call up to Hamburg’s goalkeeper Rene Adler following a strong start to the season.

He said he was "happy about Adler's strong form" but remained "convinced of the three keepers", in reference to Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Ron-Robert Zieler.

Germany will be without their captain Phillip Lahm for next Friday's clash with Ireland due to suspension, with Lars Bender or Jerome Boateng likely to deputise. Lazio’s Miroslav Klose remains the only out and out striker in the squad.

And looking ahead to the next two fixtures, Low believes they may well be vital in deciding the composition of Group C.

"We have reached a significant phase where we set the course for the rest of the qualification. We are aware that we are the favourites in this group and as a result we want to play two successful matches," Low added.

"We know what kind of atmosphere to expect in Dublin. The Irish will give all they can to beat us in front of their home fans.

"The Swedish team is not only about their world-class player Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but about their team as a whole."

Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich
Marc-Andre ter Stegen Borussia Moenchengladbach
Ron-Robert Zieler Hannover
Holger Badstuber Bayern Munich
Jerome Boateng Bayern Munich
Benedikt Howedes Schalke
Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund
Philipp Lahm Bayern Munich
Per Mertesacker Arsenal
Marcel Schmelzer Borussia Dortmund
Lars Bender Bayer Leverkusen
Mario Gotze Borussia Dortmund
Sami Khedira Real Madrid
Toni Kroos Bayern Munich
Thomas Muller Bayern Munich
Mesut Ozil Real Madrid
Lukas Podolski Arsenal
Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund
Andre Schurrle Bayer Leverkusen
Bastian Schweinsteiger Bayern Munich
Ilkay Gundogan Borussia Dortmund
Miroslav Klose Lazio