Austria striker Janko returns for Germany, Ireland
Austria striker Marc Janko will return to the national team for
next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Ireland
despite not playing for Trabzonspor since February.
Janko missed this month’s friendly against Greece with a muscle
injury but has been included in the 23-man squad announced Tuesday
by Austria coach Marcel Koller.
”Janko has proven many times he can score on international
level,” said Koller, who usually overlooks players who are not
regulars with their clubs.
Janko has scored 15 times in 34 matches for Austria.
”We don’t have 10 other forwards with similar qualities to
choose from,” Koller said. ”Many doubted Janko for the Sweden
game but he proved them all wrong.”
Janko scored in the 2-1 win over the Scandinavians in June to
put Austria in second place in Group C behind Germany, which has 16
points. Austria, Ireland and Sweden have 11 with Austria leading on
Besiktas playmaker Vali Kavlak also returned from injury, while
Mainz midfielder Julian Baumgartlinger was called up despite being
suspended for the Germany game.
Austria plays Germany in Munich on Sept. 6 before taking on
Ireland in Vienna four days later.
Austria hasn’t won in Germany in 14 matches since 1931 and was
beaten 2-1 by its neighbors a year ago in Vienna.
”We caused them some troubles and will try to do that again,”
Koller said. ”Germany starts as favorite but we certainly don’t
have to hide ourselves.”
Goalkeepers: Robert Almer (Duesseldorf), Heinz Lindner (Austria
Vienna), Ramazan Oezcan (Ingolstadt)
Defenders: Aleksandar Dragovic (Dynamo Kiev), Christian Fuchs
(Schalke), Gyoergy Garics (Bologna), Florian Klein (Salzburg),
Emanuel Pogatetz (Nuernberg), Sebastian Proedl (Werder Bremen),
Manuel Ortlechner (Austria Vienna), Markus Suttner (Austria
Midfielders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Marko Arnautovic
(Werder Bremen), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Guido Burgstaller
(Rapid Vienna), Andreas Ivanschitz (Levante), Zlatko Junuzovic
(Werder Bremen), Veli Kavlak (Besiktas), Christoph Leitgeb
Forwards: Martin Harnik (Stuttgart), Philipp Hosiner (Austria
Vienna), Marc Janko (Trabzonspor), Andreas Weimann (Aston