Kevin Schade has been called up to the senior Germany squad for the first time.

The Brentford forward could feature in Germany’s friendlies against Peru (25 March) and Belgium (28 March).

Schade, who has scored four goals in five appearances for Germany’s Under-21 side, joined Brentford on loan from Freiburg in January, with the deal expected to be made permanent for a club-record undisclosed fee in the summer.

He made his first-team debut in August 2021 and went onto make a further 23 appearances in all competitions during his breakout season as Freiburg finished sixth in the Bundesliga.

He netted four times last term, including an 84th-minute winner against Bayer Leverkusen.

The forward has made 20 appearances during the 2022/23 season, eight of which have come for Brentford.

He assisted Mathias Jensen’s goal during Brentford’s 3-2 victory over Fulham earlier this month and made his first start against Southampton last Wednesday.

Schade joins the following Brentford players on international duty this month:

Matthew Cox and Daniel Oyegoke – England Under-20

v Germany (22 March)

v USA (25 March)

v France (28 March)

Mikkel Damsgaard, Mathias Jensen and Christian Norgaard - Denmark

v Finland (23 March)

v Kazakhstan (26 March)

EURO 2024 qualification, Group H

Aaron Hickey - Scotland

v Cyprus (25 March)

v Spain (28 March)

EURO 2024 qualification, Group A

Bryan Mbeumo - Cameroon

v Namibia (23 March)

v Namibia (28 March)

Africa Cup of Nations qualification, Group C

Frank Onyeka - Nigeria

v Guinea-Bissau (24 March)

v Guinea-Bissau (27 March)

Africa Cup of Nations Qualification, Group A

Ethan Pinnock - Jamaica

v Mexico (26 March)

CONCACAF Nations League

David Raya - Spain

v Norway (25 March)

v Scotland (28 March)

EURO 2024 qualification, Group A

Fin Stevens - Wales Under-21

v Scotland Under-21 (26 March)

Ivan Toney - England

v Italy (23 March)

v Ukraine (26 March)

EURO 2024 qualification, Group C

Yoane Wissa - DR Congo

v Mauritania (24 March)

v Mauritania (28 March)

Africa Cup of Nations qualification, Group G