Hitz back for Germany

Thomas Hitzlsperger has been named in the Germany squad for the international friendly with Denmark in Copenhagen next month.

The 28-year-old West Ham United midfielder has been included in Joachim Low's selection for the fixture, which will take place at Parken Stadium on Wednesday 11 August.

The match will give Hitzlsperger the opportunity to re-establish himself in the Germany set-up after he was unexpectedly left out of Low's squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The former Aston Villa and VfB Stuttgart man has earned 51 senior caps for his country since making his debut in a 2-0 win over Iran in Tehran in October 2004.

During that period, 'Der Hammer' has netted seven international goals, including the fifth in a 6-0 World Cup qualifying victory in Liechtenstein in September 2008. Hitzlsperger was involved in nine of Germany's ten qualifiers, seven of which ended in victories.

Should he appear against the Danes, he will become West Ham's first Germany international. Striker Dieter Eckstein, who appeared for his country at the 1988 UEFA European Championship, did not make a single first-team appearance during a short stint at the Boleyn Ground in 1995.

Meanwhile, young goalkeeper Marek Stech has been named in the preliminary Czech Republic Under-21 squad for the 2011 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifier against San Marino at the Na Julisce stadium in Prague on Tuesday 10 August.

The 20-year-old has previously capped once at U21 level, making his debut in a friendly against Korea Republic in 2009.

Czech Republic U21 are top of qualifying Group 5 with a perfect five victories from five matches, two points ahead of West Ham team-mate Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson's Iceland with a game in hand.