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Ballack, Frings back for German qualifiers

BERLIN, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Captain Michael Ballack and his regular midfield partner Torsten Frings will return for Germany in next month's World Cup qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Finland.

The two players, who missed Germany's 2-0 win over Belgium in a friendly on Aug. 20 because of injury, were named in a 21-man squad announced by coach Joachim Loew on Friday.

Defender Christian Pander has also been recalled after a bad run of injuries cost him a place at the European Championship in Austria and Switzerland.

Germany, who finished runners-up to Spain at Euro 2008, begin their campaign for a place in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa by playing Group Four qualifiers against Liechtenstein in Vaduz on Sept. 6 and Finland in Helsinki on Sept. 10.

Before those two games, the team will face a Bayern Munich XI in a testimonial for former Germany keeper Oliver Kahn, who retired at the end of last season. That match is being played in Munich on Tuesday.


Goalkeepers: Robert Enke (Hanover 96), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen)

Defenders: Clemens Fritz (Werder Bremen), Marcell Jansen (Hamburg SV), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Christoph Metzelder (Real Madrid), Christian Pander (Schalke 04), Serdar Tasci (VfB Stuttgart), Heiko Westermann (Schalke 04)

Midfielders: Michael Ballack (Chelsea), Torsten Frings (Werder Bremen), Thomas Hitzlsperger (VfB Stuttgart), Marko Marin (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Simon Rolfes (Bayer Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Piotr Trochowski (Hamburg SV)

Forwards: Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Patrick Helmes (Bayer Leverkusen), Miroslav Klose (Bayern Munich), Kevin Kuranyi (Schalke 04), Lukas Podolski (Bayern Munich)


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