Mario Gomez needs to work harder, says Mehmet Scholl

The legendary Bayern Munich midfielder has questioned the striker's role in Joachim Low's side, saying he does not work hard enough for the team

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Mehmet Scholl has criticised Mario Gomez's performance against Portugal on Saturday, despite the 26-year-old scoring the only goal of the game.

The former Stuttgart striker scored a 72nd minute header to secure all three points for die Mannschaft, after surprisingly starting the match ahead of Miroslav Klose.

However, Scholl feels that he could have contributed more to the team, and would see his goal tally shoot up if took a more workmanlike approach to the game.

"If he [Gomez] did more work [off the ball] he would get a lot more chances and score a lot more goals," the 41-year-old said in his role as a pundit on ARD. "A striker today has to work more and help his team mates.

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"Between [the times he looked a threat] I was worried that he might get bedsores."

Asked if he held a personal grudge against Gomez, Scholl replied: "I have nothing against Gomez personally. I am a fan of this team, Gomez is a part of it."

Joachim Low's side will travel to Kharkiv to face bitter rivals Netherlands on Wednesday, hoping to move one step closer to qualifying for the quarter-finals.