Borussia Mönchengladbach striker Max Kruse has expressed his delight in being called up by national manager, Jöachim Löw, for Germany’s next two European qualifying matches.
The 26-year-old who has already being capped six times by the newly crowned World Champions, is one of 19 other players nominated by Löw to feature against Poland and the Republic of Ireland next week.
In what seems like a very experimental squad chosen by the 54-year-old ahead of Saturday’s game away to Poland followed by a home tie against the Republic of Ireland three days later, Kruse has received the nod ahead of injured Fiorentina striker, Mario Gomez.
The Reinbek-born striker who has already scored two goals in four Bundesliga appearances for the Foals in the Bundesliga this season, is only one of two strikers chosen by Löw, with Bayern Munich wonder-kid and World Cup final goal-scorer, Mario Götze also admitted to the 20 man squad.
Although, Kruse enjoyed a fruitful first season at the Borussians having netted 12 times in 34 league appearances, the 26 year old has been unable to convert this dangerous style of club play into his last six appearances for Germany.
Indeed, his last appearance for Germany came in the Eagles' 1-0 victory away against England in November, with Kruse ultimately going on to be left out of Low’s 23 man World Cup squad.
Despite missing out on his World Cup dream, Kruse admits that he never gave up the hope of earning an international recall, following months of successful domestic appearances for Borussia Mönchengladbach .
The well-spoken 26-year-old also believes that he can act as an alternative for Löw who has recently preferred to deploy Götze in the false number nine position for Germany, whilst also stating that he has to do everything in order to cement his position as a regular for the World Champions.
Kruse told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag: “No I have never thought otherwise. I think that I can act as an alternative in the national team. I have also been able to show this, this season.
“However, the nomination is lonely the first step, now I have to make sure that I am able to prove my worth not only in the league but also in the national team.”
Whilst Kruse admits that it took him a while to get over the fact that he wasn't going to feature for Germany in the 2014 World Cup, the 26-year-old has stated that he holds no hard feelings against club team-mate, Christoph Kramer who made the 23-man squad.
Indeed, Kramer not only made the squad, but he also played 31 minutes for Germany in the 1-0 World Cup final win against Argentina, before being taken off with a serious injury, only to then lift the trophy in front of a billion worldwide viewers.
The 26 year old insisted: “Absolutely not! That spurns me on even more. Chris earned his place in the national team, and he is now almost indispensable. After the recent friendly games, he has sadly passed me by one more cap, something which cannot stand.”