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Can added by Germany squad as Rudiger and Havertz pull out

13:55 IST 08/10/2018
Emre Can
The Juventus midfielder could make a first appearance for his country in almost a year after being called up to Joachim Low's squad

Emre Can has been called up to Germany's squad for their upcoming Nations League games after Antonio Rudiger and Kai Havertz pulled out through injury.

Rudiger and Havertz both played the full 90 minutes for Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen respectively on Sunday, but will sit out their country's clashes against Netherlands and France.

Their absence has opened the door for Juventus midfielder Can, who has not featured for Joachim Low's side since November 2017.

Marco Reus had already dropped out after picking up a knee injury, with Schalke striker Mark Uth the only new face in an experienced squad.

Germany have offered a positive response to a humbling showing at World Cup 2018.

The defending champions exited a summer showpiece in Russia at the group stage, much to the surprise of a global audience.

They were, however, to put in a promising display against newly-crowned world champions France during the first international break of 2018-19.

Low's side held Les Bleus to a goalless draw at the Allianz Arena before going on to edge out Peru 2-1.