Hitz eyes World Cup
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Thomas Hitzlsperger is desperate to play for Germany when they host the next World Cup.Thomas Hitzlsperger is desperate to play for Germany when they host the next World Cup.
The Germans host the tournament in 2006 and the Aston Villa midfielder is desperate to be part of Jurgen Klinsmann's squad for the finals.
His thunderous volley against Bolton on Saturday was typical of his ferocious shooting, and he will be showing his national team boss the video of his effort.
Villa boss David O'Leary has been keen to champion Hitzlsperger's case and Klinsmann has included him in his squad to face Cameroon on Wednesday.
"I know my manager David O'Leary spoke to Jurgen and said I should be in his squad - and I am for the friendly against Cameroon on Wednesday," said the 22-year-old.
"I know he was in England this weekend to watch Arsenal v Tottenham and Chelsea v Fulham. I just hope he stayed long enough to watch Match of the Day.
"If he has not seen my goal I shall make sure he does when I join up with the Germany squad by taking the tape with me.
"I have not been too happy in the last few weeks because I have not played as many games as I'd like and I've told the manager that.
"Hopefully, I have shown him in this game I deserve a starting place.
"As a German, I am looking towards the World Cup of 2006. We are the hosts and I want to be involved."