Joachim Loew also appointed Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus, who returns after a six-month injury break to the national team.
“But if we play to our potential and concentrate on our qualities, we will create chances”.
“Playing Ireland in Dublin is no easy matter”, Loew said. “I’m excited for the game and the atmosphere in Dublin”.
I have the utmost faith in the players, who fulfilled their duties excellently in September.
Germany coach Joachim Low has given a first call-up to Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno for the European Qualifying double-header against Republic of Ireland and Georgia.
The Germans need just one point to be sure of a place at the finals in France next summer and, with Georgia due in Leipzig three days after the Ireland game, it looks to be just a question of how comfortably they qualify and whether they top the table. “Those players are regularly forced to deliver in the Bundesliga and on European levels so they have a good rhythm”. “These are good conditions for what are decisive matches in our group”.
Hannover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler missed out.
“Our goal is to win the two games against Ireland and Georgia to qualify as the group victor for the EURO 2016 in France”, Loew said.
On Leno’s selection, Germany goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke added: “I have already said that behind Manuel Neuer on the position of the goalkeeper we have several candidates in mind”.
Poland is second with 17 points, Ireland has 15 and Scotland 11. “After qualification we’ll have a new situation”.
Germany squad: Neuer (Bayern Munich), ter Stegen (Barcelona), Leno (Bayer Leverkusen); Ginter, Hummels (both Borussia Dortmund), Can (Liverpool), Boateng (Bayern Munich), Hector (Cologne), Mustafi (Valencia), Rudy (Hoffenheim); Bellarabi, Kramer (both Bayer Leverkusen), Gundogan, Reus (both Borussia Dortmund), Kroos (Real Madrid), Muller, Gotze (both Bayern Munich), Ozil (Arsenal), Schurrle (Wolfsburg), Schweinsteiger (Man Utd); Podolski (Galatasaray), Kruse (Wolfsburg), Volland (Hoffenheim).