Uncapped Boateng bags Germany call-up

BERLIN - Germany have included uncapped 21-year-old defender Jerome Boateng in their squad for this month's World Cup qualifiers against Russia and Finland.

"Jerome has played well in different positions with Hamburg this season whether it be central defence, full back or as a defensive midfielder," coach Joachim Loew told the German federation's website.

"It's a logical consequence he should take the next step up to the national team."

Germany top Group Four with 22 points, one ahead of Russia, the team they visit on October 10.

The Germans then host Finland in Hamburg four days later.

Goalkeepers: Rene Adler (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (Schalke 04), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen)

Defenders: Andreas Beck (Hoffenheim), Jerome Boateng (Hamburg SV), Arne Friedrich (Hertha Berlin), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen), Marcel Schaefer (VfL Wolfsburg), Serdar Tasci (VfB Stuttgart), Heiko Westermann (Schalke 04)

Midfielders: Michael Ballack (Chelsea), Christian Gentner (VfL Wolfsburg), Thomas Hitzlsperger (VfB Stuttgart), Sami Khedira (VfB Stuttgart), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen), Mesut Ozil (Werder Bremen), Simon Rolfes (Bayer Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Piotr Trochowski (Hamburg SV)

Forwards: Cacau (VfB Stuttgart), Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich), Miroslav Klose (Bayern Munich), Lukas Podolski (Cologne).