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back International Friendly | 01.02.2013 11:20:35

Gomez returns for Germany

  • Mario Gomez is back in the Germany squad for the first time since the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final defeat to Italy
  • Rene Adler is also included and set to pick up his eleventh cap against France on Wednesday
  • FC Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery is one of the tough opponents Germany are set to face

Frankfurt - FC Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez features in the Germany squad for the first time since UEFA EURO 2012 after being called up by head coach Joachim Löw for Wednesday's international friendly against France.

The 57-time German international, whose last appearance was in the semi-final defeat to Italy, spent much of the first half of the season sidelined through injury, and despite not quite forcing his way back into the Bayern starting XI, is back in the fold for the national team.

Gomez and Klose

"Mario Gomez is back in a good physical condition after his long injury," said Löw. "Like Miroslav Klose, he has everything he needs to put our philosophy into practice in the central striker's role. I am convinced that, given his qualities and his experience, he will be able to prove himself again at the highest international level."

Gomez is named alongside SS Lazio striker Klose as one of two strikers in Löw's squad, in which there is still no room for the Bundesliga's top goalscorer Stefan Kießling.

Adler between the posts

On the other hand, Rene Adler has been given a second successive call-up after featuring in the squad chosen to face the Netherlands in November. The Hamburger SV custodian did not appear in that encounter, meaning his last cap dates back to November 2010 when he kept a clean sheet against Sweden. However, Löw confirmed the 28-year-old is set to pick up his eleventh cap on Wednesday.

"Rene played an excellent first half of the season in the Bundesliga," said Löw. "After returning to our squad to face the Netherlands, he has now earned the chance to prove himself against France. In March, we will then put our faith in Manuel Neuer again for the decisive World Cup qualifying games. He remains our number one."

Respect for the French

Löw has named a squad of 23 players for the Paris friendly, which he expects to be a real test of his side. "I think we have a very good squad which needs to be able to play on a par with a very strong, technical French side," he said. "France are on their way back to their former glories and, for me, they are among the best sides in the world, especially with players of the quality of Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery."

"They impressed me a lot in their last two away games against Spain and Italy and you can clearly see the signature of their coach Didier Deschamps, who I rate very highly considering he loves quick attacking football as much as I do. It's going to be a real test for us and we are looking forward to this neighbourly battle in Paris which we want to use to tune us up for a year in which direct qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup is the clear objective."

Germany's 23-man squad to face France:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Rene Adler (Hamburger SV)

Defence: Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng (both Bayern Munich), Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer (both Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke 04), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Heiko Westermann (Hamburger SV)

Midfield: Lars Bender, Andre Schürrle (both Bayer Leverkusen), Mario Götze, Ilkay Gündogan, Marco Reus (all Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger (all Bayern Munich), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil (both CF Real Madrid)

Attack: Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich), Miroslav Klose (SS Lazio)