FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew recalled Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Goetze and Toni Kroos to his squad Friday for the World Cup qualifiers against Austria and the Faeroe Islands.
The Bayern Munich players missed Germany's friendly with Paraguay on Aug. 14 but return to face Austria in Munich on Sept. 6 and the Faeroe Islands in Torshavn four days later.
The Germans have a five-point lead in Group C after six matches.
"We have a head start as leaders in our World Cup qualifying group but we're not yet qualified for the finals in Brazil," Loew said Friday. "It's our clear objective to take another step there with two wins."
Loew also called up Sidney Sam and Max Kruse after their impressive starts to the season for Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Moenchengladbach, respectively.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, Hamburger SV defender Marcell Jansen and Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski missed out through injury.
Loew is expecting a tough game against Austria, which is level with Sweden and Ireland, five points behind unbeaten Germany.
"Everyone knows that our neighbors are always highly motivated in games against Germany. Austria are characterized by putting opponents under pressure and switching play quickly," Loew said. "The Austrians will do anything to boost their chances of qualifying. So we have to be fully concentrated from the start."
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