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Switzerland call up Mathys for WCup qualifiers

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BERN, Switzerland (AP) -Saint Gallen midfielder Marco Mathys was called up to the national team for the first time on Thursday as Switzerland seeks to extend its perfect record in World Cup qualifying against Norway and Iceland.

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld rewarded Mathys for his club's good start, and recalled forward Nassim Ben Khalifa from surprise league leader Grasshoppers.

Defender Timm Klose of Bundesliga club Nuremberg has also been recalled in the 23-player squad.

Switzerland hosts Norway in Bern on Oct. 12 and faces Iceland in Reykjavik four days later.

The Swiss began their program last month with 2-0 wins in Slovenia and at home to Albania.

Victory over Albania came with goals from key players Xherdan Shaqiri of Bayern Munich and captain Gokhan Inler of Napoli.

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Squad:

Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg), Yann Sommer (FC Basel), Marco Woelfli (Young Boys)

Defenders: Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Johan Djourou (Arsenal), Steve von Bergen (Palermo), Timm Klose (Nuremberg), Jonathan Rossini (Sampdoria), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Reto Ziegler (Lokomotiv Moscow)

Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Napoli), Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli), Gokhan Inler (Napoli), Gelson Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich), Marco Mathys (Saint Gallen), Valentin Stocker (FC Basel), Tranquillo Barnetta (Schalke), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Moenchengladbach)

Forwards: Eren Derdiyok (Hoffenheim), Mario Gavranovic (FC Zurich), Admir Mehmedi (Dynamo Kiev), Nassim Ben Khalifa (Grasshoppers)

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