Mario Götze is happy about his comeback in the German national team. The 2014 World Cup hero reacted with great gratitude to national coach Hansi Flick’s World Cup nomination.
“It’s been a while. Five years to be precise. I’m very happy to be part of the German World Cup squad again and I’m grateful for the trust that Hansi Flick and his coaching staff have placed in them,” wrote Götze on Instagram.
The 30-year-old sees the nomination as “a reward for the hard work I’ve put in, but it wouldn’t have been possible without my wife, my family, my amazing teammates and coaches.”
National coach Flick called Götze to the squad for the World Cup in Qatar on Thursday. “Mario is a brilliant footballer who has flashes of inspiration, who does everything intuitively,” said Flick. “He can give us a surprise or two.”
Götze, who scored the winning goal against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final, played his last international match against France on November 14, 2017. Overall, Götze has made 63 appearances for the DFB team, scoring 17 goals.
After moving from PSV Eindhoven to Eintracht Frankfurt this summer, Götze had regained his old strength so far this season. At Eintracht he is an absolute top performer in attacking midfield, in 22 competitive games he contributed two goals and three assists.