World Cup key to Fulham loan, says Holtby

The Tottenham midfielder started just six Premier League games in the first half of the season so, in an attempt to impress Germany coach Joachim Low, he felt a move was a must
Lewis Holtby's dream of playing for Germany at this year's World Cup was a major factor behind his loan switch to Fulham.

The 23-year-old moved to Craven Cottage from Tottenham until the end of the season on transfer deadline day last month after starting just six Premier League games for his parent club this term.

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Holtby made his Fulham debut in their 3-0 home defeat to Southampton last week, and the midfielder believes regular first-team football could see him force his way into Germany coach Joachim Low's plans.

"I reviewed my season at Spurs and checked how many games I had played recently and I'm a player who wants to play," Holtby told reporters.

"I'm hungry for games, especially in the Premier League - that's what I came here for.

"It's a great opportunity for me now at Fulham to get these games and get the full trust of the gaffer, Mr Meulensteen and show my abilities and what I can do and maybe slot into the Germany side too, somehow, to get my confidence running.

"I want to show the Premier League and all the pundits what I can do week in, week out on the pitch. To stay in London was perfect, everything felt right from the start.

"I will try and show people what I can do and hopefully the German national team as well."

Fulham sit bottom of the Premier League ahead of their game at Old Trafford, having lost four successive top-flight games.