Austria forward Burgstaller returns for Moldova qualifier

Schalke's Guido Burgstaller, left, celebrates after scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Augsburg in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, March 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

VIENNA — Austria forward Guido Burgstaller will return to the national team for next week's World Cup qualifier against Moldova and a friendly against Finland.

Missing from the team since being dropped ahead of the 2016 European Championship, the Schalke player was included in the 23-man squad announced Tuesday by Austria coach Marcel Koller.

"He moves a lot, creates space, is a two-footed player, and he has proven that he can score goals," Koller said about Burgstaller, who has scored six times for Schalke since joining the Bundesliga club during the winter break.

The squad contained two debutants, Stoke goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann and Salzburg defender Stefan Lainer. Bachmann replaced Leverkusen goalkeeper Ramazan Oezcan, who announced his retirement from the national team on Monday.

Austria plays Moldova in Group D in Vienna on March 24, and hosts Finland in Innsbruck four days later.

After four qualifying matches, Ireland leads the group with 10 points, followed by Serbia with eight, Wales with six, and Austria with four.

___

Austria squad:

Goalkeepers: Daniel Bachmann (Stoke), Heinz Lindner (Frankfurt), Andreas Lukse (Altach)

Defenders: Aleksandar Dragovic (Bayer Leverkusen), Martin Hinteregger (Augsburg), Stefan Lainer (Salzburg), Valentino Lazaro (Salzburg), Michael Madl (Fulham), Sebastian Proedl (Watford), Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt), Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham)

Midfielders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke), Julian Baumgartlinger (Bayer Leverkusen), Martin Harnik (Hannover), Stefan Ilsanker (Leipzig), Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), Marcel Sabitzer (Leipzig), Louis Schaub (Rapid Vienna), Alessandro Schoepf (Schalke)

Forwards: Guido Burgstaller (Schalke), Michael Gregoritsch (Hamburg), Marc Janko (FC Basel)

Must Read

Overall champion Hirscher breaks ankle, out for 6...

Aug 17, 2017

Six-time overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher has broken his left ankle and will be in a cast...

Austrian official does not expect new contract...

Sep 5, 2017

Austria coach Marcel Koller may be in charge of the national team for the last time against Georgia

Goggia leads Italian sweep at World Cup downhill;...

Jan 14, 2018

Goggia leads Italian sweep of podium at World Cup downhill; Vonn finishes 27th

Sports minister apologizes to Kristoffersen for...

Jan 24, 2018

Austrian minister of sports apologizes to skier Henrik Kristoffersen for snowballs thrown at him...

Snowboarder eyes comeback after breaking neck at...

Feb 23, 2018

Austrian snowboard crosser Schairer considers comeback after breaking neck in Olympic crash

Search

About Us

From transfer news, tactical analysis to predictions, get only the best of the world of sports daily with Daily Sports Club.

Contact us: sales[at]dailysportsclub.com

Subscribe Now!