The Bayern Munich star has admitted that he would be open to filling in as a striker in the absence of Miroslav Klose
With Miroslav Klose injured, Mario Gomez is the only recognised No.9 in Joachim Low's squad, but the Bayern Munich winger would be happy to fill in up front if called upon by the 53-year-old.
"I won't deny that I could play there. Trust me I would be fine," he told Bild.
"I have not been talking to the coach about whether he has been thinking about it. He makes the decisions.
"In the centre you play more with your back to the opponent's goal and have to move into the gaps. When I play well it is usually when I am in the centre.
"However, it takes away the element of surprise, which comes when I normally sneak in from the right into the middle."
Friday's match against at the Astana Arena is set to be played on an artificial surface, but the 23-year-old does not feel his side will be hindered by the unfamiliar surroundings.
"I have spent much of my youth on artificial pitches. The body can feel a little heavier, but the ball is there quicker and cleaner. For a passing game pitch is very good," he continued.
"The pitch suits us already. Because Kazakhstan barricade themselves in their own penalty area well, it is good if the ball is fast and the opponent cannot fill the gaps quickly."