Frei in Switzerland squad for Wales, Montenegro

BY foxsports • September 29, 2011

Fabian Frei is getting another chance to play his first game for Switzerland after coach Ottmar Hitzfeld named the 22-year-old midfielder to the squad for 2012 European Championship qualifiers against Wales and Montenegro.

Frei scored the first of three goals for FC Basel in their 3-3 Champions League draw with Manchester United on Tuesday. Basel's other goals in that match went to Alex Frei, who retired from international football last year.

Hitzfeld also named 19-year-old FC Zurich defender Ricardo Rodriguez to the squad for the first time.

Switzerland is third in Group G behind Montenegro and England. Bulgaria and Wales trail in fourth and fifth place.

Wales hosts Switzerland in Cardiff Oct. 7. The Swiss play Montenegro at home in Basel on Oct. 11.



Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg), Johnny Leoni (FC Zurich), Marco Woelfli (Young Boys)

Defenders: Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Johann Djourou (Arsenal), Philippe Senderos (Fulham), Steve Von Bergen (Cesena), Timm Klose (Nuremberg), Reto Ziegler (Fenerbahce), Ricardo Rodriguez (FC Zurich)

Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Fiorentina), David Degen (Young Boys), Gokhan Inler (Napoli), Gelson Fernandes (Leicester), Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli), Fabian Frei (FC Basel), Xherdan Shaqiri (FC Basel)

Forwards: Eren Derdiyok (Bayer Leverkusen), Innocent Emeghara (Lorient), Granit Xhaka (FC Basel), Admir Mehmedi (Zurich)

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