Germany chance for Gomez
By Chris Ives. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Germany coach Joachim Low has included uncapped Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez in his squad to face Switzerland next week.
The 21-year-old has been rewarded for an impressive season in which he has bagged 10 Bundesliga goals for the Swabians.
"Mario has earned his call-up after playing a strong season," Low commented.
"We have watched him several times and he has almost always fulfilled our expectations.
"He is a dangerous and dynamic striker who will now get the chance to prove his ability at international level."
Low has also recalled Schalke striker Kevin Kuranyi who was dropped from Jurgen Klinsmann's World Cup squad last summer.
"Kevin showed improved form before Christmas and has made a good start in the Bundesliga this year," Low said.
Full German squad:
Jens Lehmann (Arsenal), Timo Hildebrand (Stuttgart), Arne Friedrich (Hertha Berlin), Manuel Friedrich (Mainz), Clemens Fritz (Bremen), Marcell Jansen (Monchengladbach), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Bremen), Christoph Metzelder (Dortmund), Michael Ballack (Chelsea), Tim Borowski (Bremen), Torsten Frings (Bremen), Thomas Hitzlsperger (Stuttgart), Jan Schlaudraff (Aachen), Bernd Schneider (Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Mario Gomez (Stuttgart), Mike Hanke (Wolfsburg), Miroslav Klose (Bremen), Kevin Kuranyi (Schalke)