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

playoffs.

Squad:

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

Ziegler (Juventus)

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

Moenchengladbach)

Forwards: Eren Derdiyok (Hoffenheim), Josip Drmic (FC Zurich),

Mario Gavranovic (FC Zurich), Admir Mehmedi (Dynamo Kiev)