Injury has limited Boateng to just two of Die Nationalmannschaft’s eight Group C matches so far, but now fit, the centre-back has returned to the international fold where he is joined by Bayern team-mates Mats Hummels, Niklas Süle, Joshua Kimmich, Sebastian Rudy and Thomas Müller, who will be seeking to extend their nation’s perfect qualifying record.
Mesut Özil has been omitted from the squad, while no Borussia Dortmund players are included, despite the club's flying start to the Bundesliga season. Julian Weigl has just recovered from an ankle injury, while Mario Götze continues to build up his fitness.
With Wolfsburg’s Mario Gomez sidelined by an ankle injury, Hoffenheim forward Sandro Wagner is also back in the squad for the game in Northern Ireland — where a point will see the 2014 FIFA World Cup winners stamp their ticket for next summer’s finals — on 5 October and the encounter with Azerbaijan in Kaiserslautern three days later.
The full squad
Goalkeepers: 12 Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), 22 Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), 1 Kevin Trapp (Paris St. Germain)
Defenders: 17 Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), 4 Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), 5 Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), 18 Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), 2 Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal), 3 Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), 16 Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea), 6 Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich)
Midfielders/Forwards: 20 Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), 14 Emre Can (FC Liverpool), 7 Julian Draxler (Paris St. Germain), 19 Leon Goretzka (Schalke), 8 Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), 13 Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), 21 Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), 23 Leroy Sane (Manchester City), 10 Lars Stindl (Borussia Mönchengladbach), 9 Sandro Wagner (Hoffenheim), 11 Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), 15 Amin Younes (Ajax)