The Dortmund utility man says he would be happy to fulfil any role on the pitch for Joachim Low at the World Cup and wants to move on from his May antics away from the field
The Borussia Dortmund utility man can play anywhere in midfield but has recently been used as a full-back under Jurgen Klopp and was chosen by Low to be part of his defensive options for the trip to Brazil this summer.
After the Germany boss announced that Philipp Lahm would play in midfield, Grosskreutz admitted that he was hopeful he could squeeze into the Bayern Munich veteran's vacant right-back spot but says he is happy to line up wherever he is needed.
"I'd be lying if I said that I hope I'm not the one who's given the right-back spot," he told reporters. "Of course I want to play, that's what we all want here.
"But I'm here to help the team, no matter what area of the pitch [that is in]. Even though I might not start, I'll be there for the team. I will accept my role 100 per cent - no matter how often [I will play] or little it will be.
"I want to be successful with the team and win the World Cup. That can only happen when everyone is putting the team first.
"I see myself as a football player, not as [one] in any particular fixed position. After this season, I have no set place on the pitch, I really have played almost everywhere."
Grosskreutz hit the headlines in the build up to the tournament in Brazil after being caught urinating in a hotel lobby after Dortmund's DFB-Pokal final loss in May, and before that he apologised after allegedly assaulting a Cologne supporter with a kebab.
"Honestly - I do not find that particularly funny," when asked if he was pleased there are no kebab takeaway shops near the training camp. "There is no hotel lobby, that would definitely be asked next. I do not want to talk about these topics.
"I've said everything I can on this subject. I certainly do not want to trivialise it. I made ridiculous mistakes. I have disappointed many people including my family and myself. But more than say sorry, I can't do much."
Germany face Portugal in their opening game on Monday, with kick-off at 18:00CET, then they play Ghana on June 21, followed by USA in their final group match on June 26.