Hamburg defender Heiko Westermann earns Germany call-up after withdrawals
Heiko Westermann has been drafted into the Germany squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Ireland and Sweden.
Last Updated: 08/10/12 4:47pm
The Hamburg defender has been included following the withdrawal of Mats Hummels who bruised his foot in Borussia Dortmund's 1-1 draw against Hannover at the weekend.
With Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender also pulling out at the weekend, Westermann is seen as a man who can cover both positions having played in the centre for former club Schalke.
The 29-year-old has not featured for his country since winning his 24th cap in the 0-0 draw against next week's opponents Sweden in November 2010.
Germany are currently top of Group C and travel to Dublin to take on Ireland on Friday before hosting the Swedes next Tuesday.