Gotze eyes Germany starting berth

Borussia Dortmund forward Mario Gotze admits he is looking to force himself into Joachim Low's Germany starting XI ahead of Euro 2012.

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Gotze is currently one of the hottest young talents in Europe and already looks certain to be part of Low's 23-man squad for the summer's European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

However, the 19-year-old has a tough task at hand trying to displace the likes of Thomas Muller and Lukas Podolski from the German starting lineup, although Gotze insists he is up for the challenge.

"A footballer wants to play," Gotze told Kicker.

"And in such a great tournament [Euro 2012], everyone is up for it.

Furthermore, Gotze sees no reason why all of Germany's attackers cannot play together, citing Barcelona as a perfect example.

"Why not? Barcelona have a few creative players and they go from success to success."

Gotze's future at Dortmund has been the subject of speculation over the past few months, with Barcelona, Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly monitoring his progress.

Nonetheless, the talented youngster is confident he will remain at the Signal Iduna Park in the near future, even if Dortmund fail to qualify for the Champions League.

"The Champions League is a great competition. We will hopefully play a better role in it next season, but my future cooperation with BVB doesn't depend on it.

"Anyone who plays for a club like Dortmund can only imagine extending their stay there. But that isn't a current issue.

"I wouldn't rule it [staying at Dortmund] out, but I won't guarantee it."

Gotze has already earned twelve caps for Germany, scoring two goals in the process.



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