Germany coach Loew calls up newcomer Karim Bellarabi of Leverkusen for European qualifying

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CORRECTS MONTH - Leverkusen's Karim Bellarabi, left and Benfica's Anderson Talisca, right, challenge for the ball during the Champions League group C soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and SL Benfica at the BayArena stadium in Leverkusen, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)


CORRECTS MONTH - Leverkusen's Karim Bellarabi, left and Benfica's Eliseu Santos, right, challenge for the ball during the Champions League group C soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and SL Benfica at the BayArena stadium in Leverkusen, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)


FRANKFURT, Germany — Germany coach Joachim Loew has called up newcomer Karim Bellarabi for the upcoming European Championship qualifying matches against Poland and Ireland.

The Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder was born in Berlin but was also eligible to play for Morocco. Bellarabi is enjoying a breakthrough season, catching attention when he scored the quickest goal in Bundesliga history, nine seconds into a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the opening round of the season.

"Karim Bellarabi has earned the chance with outstanding performances for his club," Loew said Thursday. "He is incredibly strong one-on-one and is an excellent option in our attack."

Defender Mats Hummels returns, along with 15 other players who won the World Cup title in Brazil. Hummels missed the opening European qualifier, a 2-1 win over Scotland, because of injury.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira, Benedikt Hoewedes, Marco Reus and Mario Gomez are all out with injuries and Kevin Grosskreutz was dropped from the 20-man squad.

Max Kruse of Borussia Moenchengladbach returns to join Bayern Munich's Mario Goetze as one of the two strikers nominated. Kruse last played for Germany in November and was not included in the World Cup squad.

Germany plays in Warsaw on Oct. 11 and hosts Ireland three days later in Gelsenkirchen.


Germany squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Antonio Ruediger (Stuttgart), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim)

Midfielders: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Andre Schuerrle (Chelsea)

Forwards: Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Max Kruse (Borussia Moenchengladbach)

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