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Mesut Özil backs Kruse for Germany inclusion

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Arsenal star Mesut Özil has endorsed Borussia Monchengladbach striker Max Kruse to make an impact for the Germany national team, with the latter in contention to start against the Republic of Ireland on Friday.

Kruse has scored five goals in eight Bundesliga appearances for Gladbach so far this season, and is expected to earn his third international cap this week, having scored having found the net in his last outing for Germany.

The 25-year-old is a former clubmate of Özil from their time together with Werder Bremen, and Arsenal's record £42.5 million acquisition has faith in Kruse to continue his fine form this term into the international set-up.

“I know Kruse from our time at Bremen," Özil told Kicker.

"I combine really well with him. He is a super young player.”

The last time Özil was with Germany he was in the middle of completing his move from Real Madrid to Arsenal, with the midfielder arriving on international duty an employee of the former and leaving on the books of the latter.

Özil has since made a pivotal impact for Arsenal, with the Gunners sitting on top of the Premier League table after their opening seven fixtures, and also recording victories in each of their two Champions League outings.

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