Bastian Schweinsteiger returns to Germany at the expense of Dortmund stars

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Bastian Schweinsteiger is back in the Germany team, while Julian Draxler is out injured. Dortmund pair İlkay Gündoğan and Sven Bender failed to make the cut.

The performances that İlkay Gündoğan and Sven Bender put in against Manchester City on Wednesday weren't enough to convince Germany manager Joachim Löw that they belong in the national setup. Even with Julian Draxler out injured, Löw has opted to leave the Dortmund pair at home while recalling Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sven's brother, Lars Bender.

Löw's midfield changes are the team's most significant, as the rest of the team stays the same. Mario Gomez is injured and would likely be on Bayern Munich's bench if he was fit, so veteran Miroslav Klose is the German team's only striker. They face a pair of tricky matches over the international break, with World Cup Qualifiers against Euro 2012 qualifiers Sweden and the Republic of Ireland.


Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover), Marc-André ter Stegen (Borussia Mönchengladbach).


Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Heiko Westermann (Hamburg SV), Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Jérôme Boateng (Bayern Munich), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke 04), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).


Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Mesut Özil (Real Madrid), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), André Schürrle (Bayer Leverkusen), Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).


Miroslav Klose (Lazio)

Update: Mats Hummels pulled out with an injury and was replaced by Heiko Westermann.

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