Switzerland calls up defenders Berardi, Ferati

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld called up defenders Gaetano

Berardi and Beg Ferati into a youthful 19-player squad to face

Liechtenstein in a friendly in Vaduz next Wednesday.

Berardi, who plays for Italian club Brescia, is among seven

players who featured at the Under-21 European Championship in


Ferati’s first selection at 24 comes after joining Bundesliga

club Freiburg from Swiss champion FC Basel in the offseason. He’s

the fifth Kosovo-born player to be called into the Switzerland

squad in recent seasons.

Midfielder Fabian Lustenberger is a third uncapped player, while

forwards Innocent Emeghara and Admir Mehmedi debuted in

Switzerland’s 2-2 draw at England in a 2012 European Championship

qualifier in June.

Marco Woelfli, the 28-year-old backup goalkeeper, is the oldest

player in the squad.

Hitzfeld, whose contract was this year extended through 2014, is

rebuilding because Euro 2012 qualification is unlikely with the

team six points behind England and Montenegro.

Switzerland’s long-term prospects improved at the weekend when

it was drawn into a 2014 World Cup qualification group of six

teams, with Norway and Slovenia its highest-ranked opponents.


Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg), Marco Woelfli (Young


Defenders: Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Gaetano Berardi

(Brescia), Johann Djourou (Arsenal), Philippe Senderos (Fulham),

Beg Ferati (Freiburg), Reto Ziegler (Juventus)

Midfielders: David Degen (Young Boys), Gokhan Inler (Napoli),

Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli), Fabian Lustenberger (Hertha Berlin),

Xherdan Shaqiri (FC Basel), Moreno Costanzo (Young Boys),

Tranquillo Barnetta (Bayer Leverkusen)

Forwards: Eren Derdiyok (Bayer Leverkusen), Innocent Emeghara

(Grasshoppers), Admir Mehmedi (Zurich), Nassim Ben Khalifa (Young