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Max Kruse remains hopeful of Germany call-up

By Rune Gjerulff

Union Berlin veteran Max Kruse says he hasn't given up hope that he will get to play for Germany again.

Max Kruse.
Max Kruse.

Max Kruse hasn't played for Germany since 2015, but the Union Berlin veteran remains hopeful that he will get to represent his country again in the future.

"If I get the opportunity to wear the German jersey, I'll gladly take it. It doesn't matter if it's the Olympic team or the senior national team," Kruse told Focus.

"I always dreamed of it as a child. And the dream will never stop as long as I play football," he added.

The 32-year-old – a 14-time international – is on the list of players submitted to the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for the Summer Olympics, which means he's eligible to represent Germany at the tournament.

Germany U21 coach Stefan Kuntz, who will be in charge of Germany's Olympics team, is allowed to include three players born before 1 January 1997 in his squad for the tournament, and Kruse is hoping to be one of them.

"I'm probably one of 12 candidates for three spots. That's a 25 percent chance. I have proven in the past that I can lead a team," said Kruse.

Kruse has been in excellent form this season, racking up seven goals and five assists in 11 games this season.

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