Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Schurrle sets heart on Brazil berth

Andre Schurrle is aiming to nail down a place in Germany's World Cup squad

Andre Schurrle hopes to feature often enough at Chelsea to earn a place in Germany's squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 22-year-old joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen this summer, becoming Jose Mourinho's first signing of his second spell, and is well aware of the Portuguese's warning that players must feature regularly for their clubs to earn a place at next summer's showpiece tournament in South America.

Although the warning was interpreted as a ruse to sign Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, it could equally apply to the Chelsea players bidding to impress Mourinho.

"For every player it's important," Schurrle said. "You have to do a good job for the World Cup. We have big goals for the German national team next year. It's really important.

"We have to see. We have so many matches, so many games to play, so every player is needed and is important for the team and so am I.

"Everything is a big motivation now for me. The World Cup, of course, but here in the team to play, to improve myself."

Schurrle is competing for one of three forward berths behind a central striker where competition is intense.

Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Victor Moses, Juan Mata and Oscar - the latter duo are both absent from the club's Asia tour following the Confederations Cup - are all in contention for the roles.

There is also the potential for Rooney to fill one of the positions, if he signs, although Mourinho would favour the England man as a striker.

Schurrle is unfazed.

"In every big club there will always be good competition," he said. "That's what I wanted. I wanted this move, I wanted this step. I have to train hard, I have to work hard and then we will see.

"I want to improve myself, I want to improve all the time and what I really want is to help the team, with my qualities, to be successful."

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