He may have been born and raised in Germany, but Martin Harnik's international allegiance is all Austria. FIFA.com spoke exclusively to the Stuttgart striker.
"We haven't got an easy group. Sweden and Ireland always do very well in qualifying," Joachim Low, Germany coach
Perennial qualifiers Germany will be expected to dominate Group C of European qualifying, although Sweden, Republic of Ireland and Austria will all be confident of making an impression.
The draw for the European zone yielded some potentially thrilling sections, with local rivalries set to be stirred and the world champions left to do battle with another winner of football's ultimate prize.
Raymond Domenech has praised his France players for the spirit they showed in the 3-1 win over Austria, and urged them to take it into the play-offs.
Switzerland and Slovakia seized Europe's last two automatic berths in South Africa, while Portugal, Greece, Slovenia and Ukraine made the play-offs.