Mario Gotze desperate to make Germany’s World Cup squad in Russia despite missing last month international friendly matches against Spain and Brazil according to Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Stoger.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder was recently not selected by Die Mannschaft manager Joachim Low as World Champions were held to a 1-1 with Spain and losing 1-0 to Brazil.
Gotze was one of the most notable absentees in Löw’s 26-man squad, along with clubmate Andre Schürrle – the man who teed him up for the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final.
Stoger called on Gotze to improve after Dortmund’s disappointing UEFA Europa League exit at the hands of Red Bull Salzburg.
“Mario is very motivated, he’s made a good impression in training,” said Stöger as quoted by Bundesliga.com
“He was not devastated to miss the friendlies. He is dealing with his situation and he will try to be in Russia this summer.”
“I’m grateful to the coach for pointing out my weaknesses, and I’m going to work hard on them,” Götze insisted.
Gotze can help BVB secure second place in the Bundesliga this season ahead of Schalke, Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig
The attacking midfielder is well aware that he needs to up his game between now and 15 May, when Löw will announce his provisional 23-man squad for the World Cup.
Gotze has only managed two goals and five assists in all competitions this season