Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez has admitted that he was bitterly disappointed to be left out of Joachim Löw’s Germany side that went on to win the World Cup in Brazil, but is confident that he will earn a recall in the near future, according to Bild.
Despite having a lack of strikers at his disposal, Löw opted against calling up Gomez to his preliminary World Cup 30 man squad, with the 29-year-old having only just returned to full training.
The Riedlingen-born striker has had a year to forget at Fiorentina after a string of serious injuries limited the him to making just nine Serie A appearances in his first season at the Tuscan outfit.
Having returned from a knee injury in February which had kept the 29-year-old sidelined for six months, there was hope that Gomez would break his way into Löw’s World Cup plans, only for the striker to sustain an exact injury a month later in a match against Napoli.
This news effectively ruled him out of appearing in only his second World Cup finals, having experienced his first four years earlier in South Africa, with Gomez insisting that it was hard to stomach watching his Germany teammates lifting the World Cup.
He told Bild: “I have managed to work on my disappointment about being left out. It hurt but I have got over it.”
However, despite Gomez insisting that he does not begrudge Löw for not naming him in his squad for the World Cup, the Bavarian born striker couldn't resist taking a dig at his national teammates by stating that he doesn't care about the royal treatment that they have been receiving.
He went on to say: “I don’t care about being referred to as a world champion. I think it’s silly for anyone to go into a bar and then to be offered a coffee just because you’re a world champion.”
The land of role models
Gomez has also gone to the extent of suggesting that if he had indeed made the cut for the World Cup, he would have ranked winning the tournament second after experiencing all the thrills of playing in the country of his role models.
He said: “It is not only the World Cup title that I have missed out on. I have even managed to miss out on the heat, the excitement, and the stadiums during the two months spent in Brazil. Also it is the land of my role models, Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Romario.”
Despite still being visibly upset about being left out of all the curiosities which come with participating in a World Cup, after saying that he was over the worst, Gomez has insisted that he is fully concentrated in regaining his place in Löw’s plans.
The 29-year-old is currently preparing for the start of the new Serie A campaign with the rest of his Fiorentina teammates and he has explained that a favourable season with Viola could help him to earn his first cap for Germany in well over a year.
He said: “I obviously want and will come back to the national team. The pre-season preparation (with Fiorentina) went well and we are well prepared for the new season. I am looking forward to making a return.”