Mönchengladbach captain Lars Stindl admits he's elated to have finally received international recognition as he stars at the FIFA Confederation Cup.
At the age of 28, the VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach forward is considered somewhat of a 'late bloomer', as he recently made his debut for Die Mannschaft – following an impressive season with die Fohlen.
The former Hannover midfielder has found a new lease of life playing in the secondary striker role this season, notching up 18 goals and nine assists in 44 games across all competitions.
And this form has translated into the national team set-up, with Stindl scoring the opening goal for Joachim Löw's youthful side in the 3-2 win over Australia on Monday.
"I'm really happy to have scored my first international goal," he told the DFB official website. "It wasn't just an amazing moment in the game, but my entire career.
"Everything that I've been involved in after the end of the season is a bonus for me. I was really happy to have been called up, and now I've received my playing time and scored too.
"I'm so happy with how things are going at the moment, but all that matters now is the next game. We want to work hard and have a successful outing in order to potentially do something special here in Russia."