Germany coach Rudi Voeller has called up striker Benjamin Lauth and defender Tobias Rau for the first time for next week’s friendly international against Spain.
1860 Munich’s Lauth and Wolfsburg’s Rau have been enjoying good seasons in the Bundesliga and have been drafted into the squad following injuries to several key players. Missing through injury are Carsten Jancker, Jens Nowotny, Dietmar Hamann, Christian Ziege and Gerald Asamoah.
Fourteen of the 20-man squad were at last year’s World Cup finals.
Goalkeepers: Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich), Jens Lehmann (Borussia Dortmund)
Midfielders: Michael Ballack (Bayern Munich), Joerg Boehme (Schalke 04), Torsten Frings (Borussia Dortmund), Jens Jeremies (Bayern Munich), Sebastian Kehl (Borussia Dortmund), Bernd Schneider (Bayer Leverkusen)
Forwards: Fredi Bobic (Hannover 96), Paul Freier (VfL Bochum), Miroslav Klose (Kaiserslautern), Benjamin Lauth (TSV 1860 Munich), Oliver Neuville (Bayer Leverkusen)