Switzerland calls up Drmic for WCup qualifiers
Zurich forward Josip Drmic is the only newcomer in a 23-player
Switzerland squad that will open its 2014 World Cup qualifying
program next month.
Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld selected the 20-year-old Drmic
for the first time on Thursday and recalled Sampdoria defender
Jonathan Rossini for the matches, at Slovenia in Ljubljana on Sept.
7 and against Albania four days later in Lucerne.
The Swiss were drawn as the third-seeded team, with Norway
heading the six-team group which is perhaps the weakest in European
qualifying. The group also includes Cyprus and Iceland.
The group winner qualifies directly for the 2014 tournament in
Brazil. Eight of the nine European group runners-up advance to the
Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg), Yann Sommer (FC Basel),
Marco Woelfli (Young Boys)
Defenders: Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Johan Djourou
(Arsenal), Alain Nef (Young Boys), Steve von Bergen (Palermo),
Jonathan Rossini (Sampdoria), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Reto
Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Napoli), Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli),
Gokhan Inler (Napoli), Gelson Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Adrian
Winter (Lucerne), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich), Valentin Stocker
(FC Basel), Tranquillo Barnetta (Schalke), Granit Xhaka (Borussia
Forwards: Eren Derdiyok (Hoffenheim), Josip Drmic (FC Zurich),
Mario Gavranovic (FC Zurich), Admir Mehmedi (Dynamo Kiev)