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Gundogan 'still grateful' to play for Germany despite fan jeers

21:27 EAT 09/06/2018
Ilkay Gundogan Joachim Low
A meeting with Turkish president Erdogan has caused some Germany fans to turn on the midfielder, but he is determined to play through the boos

Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan insists that he still cherishes the opportunity to represent his nation despite being barracked by fans in recent appearances. 

The Manchester City star was whistled when he came off the bench in a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia on Friday, having received a similar reception in the loss to Austria the previous week.

Gundogan and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, both of Turkish descent, have attracted criticism for their recent meeting in London with Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is the subject of scrutiny from human rights groups and exiled Turkish citizens over his government's treatment of journalists, civil rights activists and political opponents.

Germany coach Joachim Low and defender Mats Hummels have both spoken out against the treatment received by the pair, but Gundogan is determined not to let the jeers affect his game.

"Last game before the World Cup, and still grateful to play for this country," he wrote on Twitter on Saturday. 

Gundogan has picked up a total of 26 international caps to date, scoring four goals. 

This will be the City player's first World Cup, having missed out on Germany's successful 2014 campaign with a serious back injury that forced him out of the game for a full year.