Low calls up trio
By Chris Ives
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Joachim Low has included three new faces in Germany's squad to face Czech Republic.
Germany coach Joachim Low has included three new faces in his squad to face Czech Republic.
Bayer Leverkusen duo Gonzalo Castro (pictured) and Stefan Kiessling and Stuttgart midfielder Roberto Hilbert have all been called up for the crucial Euro 2008 qualifier in Prague on 24th March.
Hannover goalkeeper Robert Enke, who has also yet to make his debut for his country, is also included in the 20-man squad.
Low has been forced to make changes as a result of the absence of several players through suspension and injury. Bremen trio Miroslav Klose, Tim Borowski and Clemens Fritz are all out, alongside Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez and Hertha Berlin defender Arne Friedrich.
The Germany boss, however, expressed his confidence in his new squad and is confident of a good result against their main Group D rivals:
"We want to still be top of the group when we leave Prague," he said.
"We are going there to win and if we do we will have taken a huge step towards Euro 2008 qualification."
German squad in full: Robert Enke (Hannover), Timo Hildebrand (Stuttgart), Jens Lehmann (Arsenal), Gonzalo Castro (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Friedrich (Mainz), Marcell Jansen (Borussia Monchengladbach), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen), Christoph Metzelder (Borussia Dortmund), Michael Ballack (Chelsea), Torsten Frings (Werder Bremen), Roberto Hilbert (Stuttgart), Thomas Hitzlsperger (Stuttgart), Bernd Schneider (Bayer Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Piotr Trochowski (Hamburg), Stefan Kiessling (Bayer Leverkusen), Kevin Kuranyi (Schalke), Lukas Podolski (Bayern Munich), Jan Schlaudraff (Alemannia Aachen)