Mario Gomez has expressed his disappointment with the hostile reception he received during his last appearance for Germany, admitting he thought attitudes towards players in the country had changed following the tragic death of former team-mate Robert Enke.
The Fiorentina striker was roundly whistled as he came on in place of Miroslav Klose during die Mannschaft's 3-3 draw with Paraguay at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion on August 14.
Gomez says that he understands that there were mitigating circumstances, in that Klose, a former Kaiserslautern player, had been hoping to break Germany's all-time scoring record, but still felt the negative reaction was unwarranted.
"The people of Kaiserslautern had hoped that Miro would break Gerd Muller's goal record in his old stomping ground," Gomez acknowledged to Bild.
"But I didn't find the whistles very nice. After the death of Robert Enke, many people had been saying that something had to change.
"Just under four years later, apparently everything that was said at the time has been forgotten ..."
Enke, who was capped eight times by his country, tragically took his own life in 2009 after a lengthy battle with depression.