6 Feb 2009

German coach includes youngster in football squad

11:55 am on 6 February 2009

The German coach Joachim Loew has called up talented midfielder Mesut Oezil and recalled captain Michael Ballack and Torsten Frings for next week's friendly against Norway.

Loew, who had a public dispute over tactics with Ballack and Frings last year, also named uncapped Hoffenheim defender Andreas Beck in his squad.

The 20-year-old Oezil, born in Germany to Turkish parents, was also courted by the Turkish national team but the Werder Bremen player opted for Germany.