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Schalke defender Hoewedes called up for Euro qualifiers

BERLIN, May 26 – Schalke 04 defender Benedikt Hoewedes has been called up for Germany’s Euro 2012 qualifiers and friendly game against Uruguay, coach Joachim Loew announced today.

The 23-year-old was brought in to plug the gap left by holding midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sven Bender, who were ruled out with injuries.

“I never expected to get called up. It was a real surprise and I immediately cancelled my holidays,” said Hoewedes.

Germany, who top Group A with a maximum 15 points, play Austria in Vienna on June 3 before travelling to face Azerbaijan on June 7. They will meet Uruguay in a friendly on Sunday.

“Benedikt is one of those young players we have been monitoring for a long time. He is versatile in the defence and that is why we called him up at short notice,” said Loew in a statement. – Reuters