Kiessling gives up hope of World Cup place

The 29-year-old believes he will only represent Germany again "if the worst comes to the worst" and has spoken out about the lack of trust he feels in the international setup
Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling says he has given up hope of winning a recall to the Germany squad ahead of the World Cup.

The 29-year-old has not represented his country since the 2010 World Cup but his good form at club level in the last two seasons have led to calls for his inclusion.

However, having previously sworn not to turn out for the Nationalelf while Joachim Low is in charge, Kiessling says he is not expecting a recall.

"The coach has made it clear that he is not going to put me in the squad for neither the World Cup nor friendlies," he told Focus.

"I will only play a role if the worst comes to the worst."

Kiessling went on to express his frustration during the 2010 World Cup, when he was used sparingly by Low, who preferred Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose.

"It quickly became clear that I had no use to be [a] substitute and did not enjoy any trust," he continued.

"I completed four weeks of preparation, saw my family for only two days and spent a month down there. Classic No.9s like me always need football."