Ilkay Gündoğan 'hurt' after missing the 2014 World Cup

Ilkay Gündoğan ‘hurt’ after missing the 2014 World Cup


Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder Ilkay Gündoğan has said that missing the 2014 World Cup ‘hurt a lot.’

Germany went on to win the World Cup in Brazil but the 24-year-old was only able to watch from home due to an injury.

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

“It obviously hurt a lot [to miss the World Cup],” Gündoğan told reporters.

“I got injured at a time when things were going well for me, and it’s especially disappointing to miss a tournament like that.

“But it’s not like I sat at home depressed the whole time. I watched it as a fan and celebrated the victory. I was always a part of this team.”

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Germany take on Georgia in a Euro 2016 qualification clash on Sunday. The 24-year-old has not featured for Germany since August 2013.

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