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