Liverpool icon Dietmar Hamann: ‘It won’t be long before’ Can earns Germany national team call up
Liverpool icon Dietmar Hamann has stated that he expects Emre Can to be called up to the German national team in the near future.
Can has represented Germany at U15, U16, U17, U19 and U21 levels. The 21-year-old has made 8 appearances for the Germany U21 side.
The former Bayer Leverkusen player was born in Germany but can represent either his country of birth of Turkey at international level due to being of Turkish heritage.
“There is big competition in Germany at the moment, especially in midfield,” Hamann told Liverpoolfc.com.
“But he [Can] is a young lad and if he plays well for Liverpool, if he puts in the performances week in, week out that he is at the moment then I’m sure it won’t be long before the manager gives him a call.
“I’m pretty sure, if he develops the way he has over the last two years and keeps doing that, sooner rather than later we’ll see him in a national team shirt. He’s a player that is needed in every team.
“He is physically strong, a good passer and technically gifted. Once one or two of the older players in the German team retire, I’m sure his time will come and we’ll see him in a German shirt.”
Can has played the last seven games in defence despite his strongest position being in central midfield.
The combative defensive midfielder has received praise over the past week for his performance against Chelsea in the second leg of the Carlin Cup semi final.
The former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder has made 17 appearances for the Reds in all competitions this season.