Kroos and Goretzka recalled by Germany for final qualifiers
Germany coach Joachim Löw has named his squad to face Belarus and Northern Ireland, with Toni Kroos and Leon Goretzka both returning.
Toni Kroos and Leon Goretzka have returned to Germany's squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus and Northern Ireland. Real Madrid star Kroos and Bayern Munich midfielder Goretzka missed the 2-2 friendly draw with Argentina and 3-0 qualifying win against Estonia through injury. However, both players have since returned to action for their club sides and have been included in Joachim Löw's 24-man squad.
Sané and Sule still sidelined
Löw is still without long-term injury absentee Leroy Sané, while Niklas Süle is set for a lengthy lay-off after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his left knee last month. Bayer Leverkusen forward Nadiem Amiri received a maiden senior call-up last month and is included again, as is Schalke 04 midfielder Suat Serdar.
"I would have liked more continuity with my selection, but that was not possible because of the many injuries we have had," Löw said. "All the more important is that Kroos returns and provides some stability, along with Manuel Neuer, Ilkay Gündogan, Marco Reus and Joshua Kimmich. We give our full confidence to the players who are present - they deserve our attention."
Germany and Netherlands level on 15 points
Germany, second to the Netherlands in Group C on head-to-head record, face Belarus in Mönchengladbach on 16 November and welcome Northern Ireland to Frankfurt three days later.
Germany squad in full:
Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona); Emre Can (Juventus), Jonas Hector (Koln), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Nico Schulz (Borussia Dortmund), Niklas Stark (Hertha Berlin), Robin Koch (Freiburg); Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Luca Waldschmidt (Freiburg), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Nadiem Amiri (Bayer Leverkusen), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Suat Serdar (Schalke 04), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).