Kuranyi Walks Out On Germany

Schalke striker Kevin Kuranyi has thrown his international future into doubt by walking out on Germany last night during their World Cup qualifier with Russia.

Reports in Bild claim that the 26 year old left the Signal Iduna Park Stadium in Dortmund during the game, in which he was only on the bench, and went home.  

Instead of joining up with the rest of the national team squad at the Düsseldorfer Hilton Hotel, Kuranyi is reported to have travelled home where he stated he would be retiring from international football.  

Kuranyi has 52 caps to his name and has scored 19 goals for Germany in that time, but has become increasingly frustrated with his lack of playing time.   

Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski appear to be the first-choice pairing for Joachim Löw, with both Mario Gomez and Patrick Helmes next in line.  The Königsblauen forward now only appears to be fifth in line.  

Kuranyi’s international career looked to be over back in 2006 when then Bundestrainer Jürgen Klinsmann surprisingly left him out of the squad for the 2006 World Cup, but he was back in the squad for this summer’s European Championships.  

Now it seems that the end of the line could have come for Kuranyi in the Nationalelf.

Mathew Burt