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Karim Bellarabi earns Germany call up

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Bayer Leverkusen’s man of the moment, Karim Bellarabi has earned his first International call up after Joachim Löw announced his Germany squad for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers.

The World Champions take on Poland and the Republic of Ireland this month and Löw has named 16 players from the squad that clinched the World Cup in July.

But 24 year-old, Bellarabi could make his first start for his country and Löw is pleased with the confidence he has shown at the start of the new season.

He told Bundesliga.com: “Karim deserves this chance due to his exceptional performances for his club.

“He's incredibly good in one-on-one situations and an outstanding alternative for us in attack.”

Bellarabi career

The winger from Berlin, has spent most of his career with Eintracht Braunschweig and even though he signed for Bayer in 2011, he failed to grab a first team place straight away. Last season he returned to Braunschweig on loan and impressed at the relegated side.

Since coming back to the Bay Arena, Bellarabi has been a great threat for Roger Schmidt’s side.

On the opening weekend of the season he grabbed the headlines by scoring the fastest goal in Bundesliga history.

There were many Dortmund fans still taking to their seats when Bellarabi fired past the keeper in nine seconds.

He has scored two goals this season with Bayer who look set to challenge for the title and they hope to close the gap on Bayern Munich this weekend with a win over SC Padderborn 07.

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Germany squad

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern München), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (FC Bayern München), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia CF) Antonio Rüdiger (VfB Stuttgart), Sebastian Rudy (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)

Midfielders: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (FC Schalke 04), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid CF), Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München), Mesut Özil (Arsenal FC), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal FC), Andre Schürrle (Chelsea FC), Mario Götze (FC Bayern München)

Striker: Max Kruse (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

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Max Kruse is the only notable forward who has been named in Löw’s squad for the upcoming Internationals. The 26 year-old has scored two goals from the first six games this season. His club, Borussia Monchengladbach, are currently second in the Bundesliga with three wins and three draws.

International regulars, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira and Marco Reus have all been ruled out of this selection due to injuries.

There were rumours that Mario Gomez might earn a re-call but the former Bayern Munich striker has been hit back with a third injury in 12 months. The striker has made just 19 appearances for Fiorentina in Serie A since making his switch in 2013.

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