September 26, 2017

Interview – Mario Götze on his return to the national team

It’s been nearly seven months since Mario Götze last made an appearance for the national team.  Bayern Munich’s big summer signing has been working hard to recover from an injury he picked up towards the end of last season that also ruled him out of the Champions League final.  Now Götze is finally rounding into full fitness and was recently recalled to the national team by Joachim Löw for their final two World Cup qualifiers (Friday against Ireland and next Tuesday against Sweden).

Ready to get back to his best, Götze sat down with DFB.de to discuss his way back to the national team, the controversy around his nomination, and more.

DFB.de: Mr. Götze, welcome back to the national team! The last time you played was back in March against Kazakhstan.  How does it feel to be a part of the team again?

Mario Götze: I think I can speak on behalf of all the players when I say there is no greater honor for a footballer than represent his national team. The mood here is fantastic and everything is handled very professionally.  I’m very honored to be able to represent Germany and to be back in the national team is very motivating for me. That’s why I was very happy when I was nominated.

DFB.de: There was also a discussion about this nomination.  Because of your injury, you had very little match practice with Bayern.  That’s why some thought it would be better for your recovery to use the international break and resume intensive training in Munich rather than join the national team.  What do you make of that?

Götze: From my understanding that was not an issue between Bayern and the national team.  The understanding between all parties was good. I can also resume my training with the national team.  After the team training on Tuesday and Wednesday I also did individual sessions.

DFB.de: How do you assess your chances of featuring against Ireland or Sweden?

Götze: For that we have to wait and see. Naturally I want to play and I am feeling better and better. And when the coach thinks that I can help the team then I will do whatever I can to repay that trust. It isn’t about me, though, but the team and the goal for us on Friday is simple; to officially seal our qualification against with a win against Ireland in front of the great supporters in Cologne.

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Cristian Nyari

Cristian is a football writer and analyst living in New York City, fascinated with the history and study of the beautiful game and all it entails. Follow Cristian on twitter @Cnyari

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