Mario Götze was a picture of joy after marking his first start for Germany since October with a goal.
Mario Götze was a picture of joy after marking his first start for Germany since October with a goal.
Bundesliga

Bayern's Götze ready for final sprint

FC Bayern München star Mario Götze looks ready to end the season on a high after inspiring Germany to a 4-1 victory over Italy on Tuesday.

Götze: 'It's great to be back'

The 23-year-old started for Die Nationalmannschaft for the first time since October after finally shaking off a groin injury, and marked his 50th cap with his 17th international goal.

“I’m just very happy," said Götze. "It was important to be able to play again after such a long injury. It's great to be back on the pitch and to score a goal."

Götze is now looking to force his way back into Pep Guardiola's first team, with Eintracht Frankfurt up next for the champions.

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"Let's stay in the here and now. For me, it's just important to be back and we don't need to discuss other things right now."

"It's great that the coach [Joachim Löw] put trust in me, that meant a lot to me. I’m just happy now. I just wanted to play. I really enjoyed the time with the squad and the coaching staff, and to score here in Munich was the icing on the cake."

Löw love

"Mario earned this,” said Löw. "I can understand why he may be playing less at Bayern at the moment because they have a great squad and he was injured for a long time.

"But he’s worked hard in the last few weeks, he did individual training sessions to get back to his best and I hope the game gave him the confidence he needs for the coming weeks."

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