Ilkay Gündogan's road to the 2018 World Cup is punctured with man setbacks. Injury has prevented the Germany international from taking part in the previous WC. And also a photo shoot with Turkish president Erdogan made headlines....
Ilkay Gündogan has said he intends to continue to play for the national team despite the racism that he experienced after meeting with the Turkish president. He also said that Joachim Löw is the right coach for Germany.
The Manchester City midfielder might have only played 59 minutes in the 2018 World Cup, but it seems he is keen to collect a few more at the next big tournament in two years time.
Fall over, get back up, get on with it - that's the motto of the Germany national football team. Slogans are all well and good but look misplaced after a dreadful year, says DW's Sarah Wiertz.
Germany players Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan have been criticized for meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Both are of Turkish heritage, but chose to represent Germany in international football.
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