Stoke City’s Philipp Wollscheid eyes return to German national team


Stoke City defender Philipp Wollscheid has said he would love another call-up to the German national team.

Wollscheid, 27, has two caps from 2013 but has been overlooked since then by manager Joachim Löw.

But with the European Championships in France now less than 100 days away, Wollscheid has spoken about his desire to be in Germany’s squad.

“I’m German, of course I want to play for the national team,” said the former Bayer Leverkusen centre-back.

“I have two caps from three years ago and I want to return but I know it is hard and all I can do is do my job properly for the club and then we will see.

“I’m ready for anything and of course I hope for that.”

Philipp Wollscheid presents an award at Stoke-on-Trent's "Junior Chef of the Year" ceremony

Philipp Wollscheid presents an award at the “Junior Chef of the Year” ceremony

Several of Germany’s regular defenders, including Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng, are currently facing a fight to be fit for the tournament which starts on June 10.

When asked if any contact had been made by officials in the national team set-up, Wollscheid replied: “I haven’t spoken to anyone from Germany recently.

“But I’m not the one who has to judge my performances. It’s not up to me to judge myself. I just want to do the best I can.

“At the end of the day, it’s not my decision. As I said, all I can do is do my job and that is what I will keep on doing.”

The Potters star was speaking at the awards ceremony for “Junior Chef of the Year” – an initiative run by City Catering in partnership with the Food for Life organisation.

The competition was the first to be run by City Catering and involved over 20 schools from Stoke-on-Trent.
They now hope it will become an annual event.
The winner was nine-year-old Gracie Pepper who represented Our Lady’s Catholic Primary in Fenton and wowed the judges with her “sausage stew surprise”.



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