Brandt going ‘full throttle’ for World Cup spot

Julian Brandt

Bayer 04 Leverkusen star Julian Brandt says he will do everything in his power to gain selection into Germany’s 23-man World Cup squad for the tournament in Russia.

Brandt enjoyed an impressive season with his club where he scored a career-high 12 goals and provided seven assists in all competitions.

The 22-year-old is in Die Mannschaft’s 27-man provisional squad but will only find out if he has made the cut on 4 June.

The reigning World Champions are set to face Austria in a friendly on 2 June, and two days later manager Joachim Löw will name his squad for the global showpiece.

Speaking to Kicker Magazine, Die Werkself’s winger said: “We’ve got so many good players.

“I know how difficult it is to break through. There’ll be no shame if I don’t, but I guarantee I’ll do everything to be part of it this time. I think I’m on the right path.”

The player won Olympic silver in 2016 and was a part of a youthful Germany squad which secured the FIFA Confederations Cup just a year later.

He added: “Up until now, I’ve used those two years to develop, and I’ll be going full throttle right until the final squad is announced. I can’t do anything more than that.”