Niklas Fürkrug took a scenic route before earning his first call-up for Germany on the eve of the World Cup.
The 29-year-old Werder Bremen forward may have thought that day would never come after years of being overlooked by the first team after making his final appearance for Germany’s U-20s in 2014.
Having played more games in the German second division than in the Bundesliga, Hurkrug was not considered a candidate for the national team.
But this season, Hürkrug has scored 10 goals in 14 Bundesliga games for Bremen, more goals than any other German player. He received a call on Thursday from Germany’s coach Hansi Flick asking him to join the 26-man World Cup. squad.
“It’s been a long road, but now it’s an even better moment,” said an emotional Furkrug after his participation was confirmed. “The World Cup is the biggest thing you can experience as a player.
Furkrug was referring to Bremen’s promotion success last season And the influence of coach Ole Werner who turned the team into a quick attacking side.
Old-school centre-forward Hulkrug was one of the biggest beneficiaries. Before Werner was appointed Bremen manager on 28 November last year, he had scored just his four goals in 13 league games. Furkrug scored his first goal in Werner’s debut and he scored twice to finish the season with 19 goals and eight assists.
This season, Fürkrug continued in the Bundesliga and took a break in the second division. Flick will note his three assists and goals, and the fact that the tall forward creates chances for teammates through his physical presence in the penalty area.
Füllkrug could make their Germany debut on Wednesday against Oman in the team’s final World Cup warm-up. The four-time champion has little time to adjust before facing Japan, Spain and Costa Rica in Group E.
Füllkrug trained with the team in Muscat, Oman on Tuesday.
“It was fun,” said Fürkrug at his first press conference as a German player. “There was a lot of quality on the field, especially among the forwards.”
Germany’s other attacking options include Bayern Munich veteran Thomas Muller, if he recovers from fatigue, rising star Jamal Musiara, Chelsea forward Kai Havertz and Borussia Dortmund’s Karim.・Adiemi is included.
Leipzig’s Timo Werner injury One of the two rookies, 17-year-old Jussfa Moukoko from Furkrug or Dortmund has vacated a spot.
Füllkrug is unsure about his role, but he is ready to accept whatever is asked of him.
“It’s about being successful as a team and how it develops,” said the Bremen forward. “In a tournament like this, I think it’s unimaginable today. Ultimately, it’s important for everyone to do their part. and a very positive atmosphere within the team. Let’s see how my work goes, but it will definitely show up.”
After playing in a 3-5-2 formation with strike partners at Bremen, Furkrug will have to adapt to the new system.
“With one forward and basically three attacking midfielders behind him, it will be different here. The team needs me, but I will try to integrate.” Fullkrug said.
After years of waiting for his first German call-up, everything looks to be moving forward very quickly.
“I didn’t have much time to think,” he said. “It’s very, very sudden and sometimes it’s not that bad. First practice today, first game tomorrow. One after another.”
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