Ilkay Gündoğan feels 'reborn' after being recalled to the German national team

Jeremy Lin

Ilkay Gündoğan feels ‘reborn’ after being recalled to the German national team

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Ilkay Gündoğan has stated that he feels like he has been reborn after being recalled to the Germany national team. The 24-year-old has not featured for Germany since August 2013.

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The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has been been sidelined with long-term injury, but have shown promising signs since making a comeback this season.

Gündoğan spoke with reporters at a pre-match press conference ahead of Germany’s friendly with Australia in a friendly in Kaiserslautern on Wednesday.

“I’m delighted to have been recalled,” Gündoğan told reporters.

“It’s not easy when you’re out of the game for so long, but it’s still a cross-section of your life that you can reflect on and take something from.

“My injury did help in some ways – I was able to see a lot of things from a fresh perspective. Now I feel like I’m reborn.”

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The hard working midfielder was one of the central figures of the Dortmund side that reached the final of the UEFA Champions League in the 2012-13 season.

Germany take on Georgia in a Euro 2016 qualification clash on Sunday.

Gündoğan has four assists and two goals in 23 appearances for Dortmund this season.

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