The German coach has named 22 players to face the Ukrainians, according to

Greece national team coach Otto Rehhagel has announced his 22-man squad for the upcoming World Cup play-off against Ukraine.

The German gaffer somewhat surprisingly opted to give Olympiacos forward Kostas Mitroglou a call-up for the crucial games at home on November 14 and the trip to the Ukraine four days later.

Mitroglou grew up in Germany and was a product of Borussia Monchengladbach`s youth academy. He has yet to make his official Greece debut.

Rehhagel has some injury worries in defence as Panathinaikos` Giorgos Seitaridis and Christos Patsatzoglou of Cypriot side AC Omonia are both out of the crucial two-legged clash. Additionally, highly rated striker Ioannis Amanatidis of Bundesliga outfit Eintracht will also miss the crunch clash.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Costas Halkias (PAOK Salonica), Alexandros Tzorvas (Panathinaikos), Michael Sifakis (Aris Salonica)

Defenders: Lukas Vyntra, Nikos Spyropoulos (Panathinaikos), Vangelis Moras (Bologna), Avraam Papadopoulos,Vasilis Torosidis (Olympiacos), Socrates Papastathopoulos (Genoa), Sotiris Kyrgiakos (Liverpool).

Midfielders: Kostas Katsouranis, Giorgos Karagounis, Alexandros Tziolis and Sotiris Ninis (Panathinaikos), Grigoris Makos (AEK Athens), Vasilis Pliatsikas (Schalke 04)

Forwards: Dimitris Salpingidis (Panathinaikos), Fanis Gekas (Bayer Leverkusen), Giorgos Samaras (Celtic), Kostas Mitroglou (Olympiacos), Vasilis Koutsianikoulis (PAOK), Angelos Charisteas (Nuremberg)

By Stefan Coerts,