World Cup winner Mario Götze is on course for a recall to the German national team according to boss Joachim Löw.
The 26-year-old has impressed this season for Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund and is close to getting his first cap for his country since 2017.
Götze’s international career: Five things you need to know…
- Götze made his debut for Germany in November 2010 in a friendly match against Sweden.
- Less than a year later, the playmaker scored his first goal for Germany against Brazil, becoming the joint-youngster scorer for his country.
- He made his international tournament debut at Euro 2012 where the Germans reached the semi-finals.
- Götze made himself a legend when he scored the goal that won his country the World Cup in 2014, beating Argentina 1-0.
- The Dortmund star has struggled with health problems over the years but still has 63 caps to date.
This season, Götze returned to his best as he enjoyed a successful campaign with Dortmund. The former Bayern Munich man scored seven Bundesliga goals in 27 outings which is his highest league return since 2015.
His performances clearly haven’t gone unnoticed, with Germany boss Löw revealing that Götze, who also provided seven Bundesliga assists, is close to earning his way back into the senior squad.
Speaking to reporters, Löw said: “I’m so happy for Mario (Götze).
“In the past few months, I have noticed that he is very dynamic and very well-trained. If he keeps up on this path, he will come back to the national team.”
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Where next for Germany?
Since their World Cup triumph five years ago, Germany have seen their fortunes slowly regress.
With some of their old guard retiring or declining in effectiveness, Löw has had to oversee some troublesome times as Germany manager, a role he has held since 2006.
Their performance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia was simply diabolical, with defeats to both Mexico and South Korea ending their World Cup defence at the group stages.
From there, Germany faltered in the Nations League, failing to win a game – drawing and losing twice – as they finished bottom of their group behind both the Netherlands and 2018 World Cup winners, France.
However, Löw’s side managed to get revenge on the Netherlands, defeating them 3-2 in the last minute to win the opening game of their European qualifying group.
That result will give Germany a much-needed boost to go on and fulfil what is expected of them, which is, of course, putting themselves in the best position to go on and win the Euro 2020 championships outright next summer.