World Cup: Germany recall Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger: The Germany midfielder missed previous games due to a niggling injury

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Germany have selected Bastian Schweinsteiger for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

The Bayern Munich midfielder was left out of Germany's last two fixtures against the Faroe Islands and Austria in September due to a niggling injury.

But national team coach Joachim Low has been convinced by his return to action in the Bundesliga with three goals in recent games.

"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.

Draxler injury

"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."

The rest of Low's 22-man squad is identical to the one which won their first two qualifying games with the exception of Julian Draxler's inclusion.

Schalke's young midfielder broke his arm in the midweek UEFA Champions League draw with Montpellier.

"It is obviously a very bitter injury for Julian," said Low. "We all wish him a speedy recovery."

Germany squad in full

Neuer (Bayern Munich), Zieler (Hannover), Ter Stegen (Monchengladbach); Badstuber, Boateng, Lahm (all Bayern Munich), Hummels, Schmelzer (both Dortmund), Howedes (Schalke), Mertesacker (Arsenal); Gotze, Gundogan, Reus (all Dortmund), Kroos, Muller, Schweinsteiger (all Bayern Munich), Bender, Schurrle (both Leverkusen), Khedira, Ozil (both Real Madrid); Podolski (Arsenal), Klose (Lazio).