Following an impressive season at Hoffenheim, Kerem Demirbay was a surprise inclusion in Germany's FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 squad.

The attacking midfielder contributed several goals and assists in a stand-out 2015/16 campaign at second division side Fortuna Dusseldorf, and seamlessly continued that form at new club Hoffenheim. Next season his path could even lead to him appearing in the UEFA Champions League.

The 23-year-old, who previously played for the Borussia Dortmund and Schalke youth teams, joined Hamburg in 2013 but struggled to establish himself in the side. He was subsequently loaned out to second-tier clubs Kaiserslautern and Dusseldorf before signing a permanent deal at Hoffenheim last summer.

Demirbay was a member of Germany's squad at the U-21 European Championship in 2015, but failed to make an appearance at the tournament. This is his maiden call-up to the senior side. "Kerem has developed in his first full season in the Bundesliga and surpassed all our expectations," said Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rosen. "We believe he still has a lot of potential left in him. The fact he's been selected in the full Germany squad for the first time is a credit to both his and our hard work."