Andre Schurrle started off the 2010-11 season as an outsider at Mainz, but has enjoyed a very rapid rise to prominence.
In September, the then-19-year old forward secured a summer transfer to Bayer Leverkusen, and he later justified his €8 million transfer fee by scoring 15 goals and providing five assists as he helped Mainz to a fifth-placed finish in the Bundesliga.
In November, the versatile attacker earned his first international cap, and in Sunday's 2-1 win against Uruguay, Schurrle scored his first goal for his country. After receiving a pass from Mesut Ozil, the 20-year-old cut inside from the left and unleashed a perfectly-placed shot just inside the right post.
After the game, he expressed his delight with having opened his goalscoring account for the Mannschaft.
"It was my first goal in the senior national team, so it was obviously a tremendous feeling," Schurrle told Goal.com. However, he added, "Most important was the victory, especially in view of the upcoming European Championship qualifiers."
After the game, coach Joachim Low praised the soon-to-be Bayer man.
"It was another very good performance from Schurrle, not only because of the goal. His play without the ball is remarkable and he can go at a very fast pace," he told reporters.
Schurrle started ahead of seasoned international Lukas Podolski on Sunday. Low has yet to reveal whether he will retain his role in upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Austria and Azerbaijan.
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