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Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan proud to make Germany debut

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has spoken of his delight after making his international debut for Germany.

Joachim Low included the 20-year-old in his matchday squad for the 3-1 win over Belgium on Tuesday night, and the ex-Nurnberg man came off the bench for the last seven minutes of the victory.

Despite having dual nationality due to his Turkish-born parents, the Gelsenkirchen native is glad to have chosen to play for the land of his birth.

"Sure, there was competition with Turkey. [However,] I decided long ago that I would like to play for Germany," he told Dortmund's official website.

"I am proud that it has now become a reality. I'm so proud of my German heritage. I know I belong here," he stated.

The playmaker follows in the footsteps of fellow Signal Iduna Park creative midfielder Mario Gotze in making his international bow, and along with Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil will give Low extra options behind the strikers at Euro 2012.