Low calls up Friedrich
By Chris Ives
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mainz defender Manuel Friedrich has been included in Joachim Low's first German squad.
Mainz defender Manuel Friedrich has been included in German coach Joachim Low's squad to face Sweden.
The 26-year-old just missed out on making his country's World Cup squad, but has now been handed the chance to stake a claim for the European Championship qualifiers after injuries made both Per Mertesacker and Robert Huth unavailable for next Wednesday's friendly.
English-based duo Jens Lehmann and Michael Ballack are both included in the squad.
Low is happy to give Friedrich the chance to impress.
"The injury situation gives us the chance to take another look at Manuel Friedrich," Low commented.
"He played his way into the frame with impressive performances last season and only just missed out on the World Cup.
"He is without a doubt one of the players that we will be looking at with regard to the Euro 2008 qualifiers."
Other than Friedrich's inclusion, Low has called up the players that represented Germany at the World Cup with the exception of Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn who has retired from international football.
Jens Lehmann (Arsenal), Timo Hildebrand (Stuttgart), Arne Friedrich (Hertha Berlin), Manuel Friedrich (Mainz), Marcell Jansen (Borussia Monchengladbach), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Christoph Metzelder (Borussia Dortmund), Jens Nowotny (Dinamo Zagreb), Sebastian Kehl (Borussia Dortmund), Michael Ballack (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Tim Borowski, Torsten Frings (both Werder Bremen), Bernd Schneider (Bayer Leverkusen), David Odonkor (Borussia Dortmund), Thomas Hitzlsperger (Stuttgart), Gerald Asamoah (Schalke), Mike Hanke (Wolfsburg), Miroslav Klose (Werder Bremen), Lukas Podolski (Bayern Munich), Oliver Neuville (Borussia Mönchengladbach).