Everton youth reject and £6m Arsenal target get first Germany call-ups

Shkodran Mustafi and Matthias Ginter have been included in Joachim Low’s squad to take on Chile on March 5.

Germany will be adjudged as one of the favourites to win this summer’s World Cup, with the perennial powerhouses awash with talent.

However, with a friendly fixture against Chile on Wednesday, Joachim Low has included four new faces in his 21-man contingent.

Two of the debutants will be of real interest to Premier League clubs.

Shkodran Mustafi is a 21-year-old central defender who plays for Sampdoria in Serie A, but was on the books at Everton before this.

David Moyes released the versatile youngster in 2012 after three years in the Goodison Park outfit’s reserve ranks.

During this time Mustafi did not make any domestic appearances for the Merseysiders but did feature as a substitute in a Europa League game against BATE Borisov.

Interestingly, Mustafi was also born in Watford, and despite having Albanian family ties has pledged his allegiance to Germany – he has already featured from under-16 level through to the under-21’s.

Another of the new faces is Freiburg defender Matthias Ginter, who has been consistently linked with a move to Arsenal in recent times.

With his club in threat of being relegated from the Bundesliga, the 20-year-old centre-half has recently admitted he could leave the club in the summer.

Despite his side struggling, Ginter has impressed with his maturity and physical attributes, with Arsene Wenger’s men being linked with a potential £6 million move for the young star in the recent past.

Other new faces to the Germany squad are Augsburg midfielder Andre Hahn and Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

Hahn is something of a wildcard given that he has not represented his country at age grade level before, while Lasogga has netted 11 Bundesliga goals in 14 starts for relegation threatened Hamburg this term.

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