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Schweinsteiger returns to Germany fold

Seven Bayern stars are in the Germany squad for World Cup qualifiers away to Ireland (12 October in Dublin) and at home to Sweden (16 October in Berlin). Coach Joachim Löw included Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller, Holger Badstuber, Toni Kroos and Jérôme Boateng in his last squad, and has recalled Bastian Schweinsteiger this time round as expected. The Munich vice-captain has recovered from injury and could feature for his country for the first time since EURO 2012.

“It was always the case that Bastian would be back with us for the matches against Ireland and Sweden,” said Löw, “we’ve deliberately not picked him recently, giving him the space he needs to recover his training and playing rhythm. His performances for Bayern have shown it was the right thing to do. He’s made best use of the time.”

Löw ‘pleased’ at Schweinsteiger return

Schweinsteiger missed a friendly against Argentina, and World Cup qualifying wins over the Faeroes and Austria. Löw said he was “pleased to have him back on the team. He make important interventions and dictates the pace.” The midfielder is set to return, but FCB and Germany captain Lahm misses the match in Dublin with suspension, although he will still travel to the Irish capital, Löw said: “He can support the team just by being there.”

“We have two vital weeks ahead of us,” commented Löw, “we can lay down important markers for the rest of qualifying.” The coach, who is targeting two wins, will gather his squad in Frankfurt on Monday evening, before Thursday morning’s flight to Dublin.