The former Bayern Munich midfielder has backtracked on his earlier criticism of the 26-year-old, and believes that he put in a much-improved performance against OranjeFormer Germany midfielder Mehmet Scholl has heaped praise on Mario Gomez, who he believes had a "wonderful game" during his side's 2-1 victory over Netherlands.
The 41-year-old had accused the Bayern Munich striker of not working hard enough for the team, and although Gomez responded nonchalantly, Christian Nerlinger leapt to the 26-year-old's defense.
However, Scholl has now voiced his admiration of the former Stuttgart striker's performance against Oranje, who has scored all three of his country's goals at the tournament thus far.
"He had a wonderful game," Scholl commented on German television channel ARD. "He played with so much passion. There's a reason I travel to away games!"
He added, "[On Wednesday] I saw a perfect game from him, not only because of his two goals. I noted that the whole team is welded together now, too. Not just in front of goal, but in terms of passion."
Gomez will have the chance to further his bid for the European Championship golden boot when Germany faces Denmark.