Kiessling: I have not written off chances of Germany recall

The 28-year-old last featured for the national team at the World Cup, and hopes to add to his six caps after a goalscoring start to his club season
Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling has revealed that he still harbours hope of being called up to the Germany squad, despite not being involved in two years.

The 28-year-old last featured for die Mannschaft at the last World Cup, earning a third-place medal after appearing as a substitute in the wins over England and Uruguay.

Kiessling, who has hit six goals in 10 league games for Leverkusen so far in 2012-13, maintains that he is still open to a recall, though also concedes that he has not had contact with Joachim Low for years.

"Of course, one hopes. It is an honour to play for Germany. I am 28, and I have not yet written off my chances of a return. We will see in the next few years what is to come," Kiessling told Bild.

"But it's okay for me. I can fully focus on Bayer, my main job, and do not have to deal with this national team issue. After the 2010 World Cup, I was a bit broken.

"I'm not disappointed, because I already expected this. I am focused on Leverkusen. We are still in three competitions and we want to achieve something."

Kiessling and his team-mates travel to Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on Sunday.