Germany call for uncapped Bellarabi

Published October 2nd, 2014 - 04:12 GMT

Bayer Leverkusen ace Karim Bellarabi has been called into the Germany squad for the first time.

The 24-year-old winger has racked up two goals and two assists in six Bundesliga outings so far this term and has been rewarded for his fine form with a place in Joachim Low's squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and Republic of Ireland.

"Karim Bellarabi has earned his chance at his club with some excellent performances," the Germany boss told reporters on Thursday. "He is incredibly strong in one-on-one situations and is an excellent alternative in our campaign."

Elsewhere, there are recalls for Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi and Borussia Monchengladbach striker Max Kruse, but Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Gomez, Sami Khedira, Benedikt Howedes and Marco Reus all miss out through injury.

Germany, who opened their Euro 2016 campaign with a nervy 2-1 win over Scotland, travel to Warsaw to face Poland on October 11 before hosting Republic of Ireland in Gelsenkirchen three days later and Low is taking nothing for granted ahead of a crucial double-header for his side.

"We must be aware that, even for the world champions, qualification for the European Championship is not automatic," he warned.

"But I have great confidence in every individual we have and in the quality of my team."

Germany squad to face Poland on October 11 and Republic of Ireland on October 14:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Antonio Rudiger (Stuttgart), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim)

Midfielders: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea)

Forwards: Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Max Kruse (Borussia Monchengladbach)

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