Mario Gotze is glad to be back in action for club and country after returning from another extended spell on the sidelines due to injury.
With Gotze preparing to make his first international appearance in a year against England at Wembley on Friday, the playmaker is keen to reintegrate into the world champions' squad.
"After the Confederations Cup and the qualifiers, we're very well equipped," Gotze told reporters on Wednesday. "I'm happy to be back and I think we're in a good way and play two tough tests with two good opponents now.
"For me it's important to perform in my club and with the national team, as well. I'm happy to be back, to play in the Bundesliga again and hopefully for the national team too. I'm looking forward to the upcoming year."
. @MarioGoetze : "I've played in many different positions - on the wings, up top, as a 10, or an 8. My favourite position is in the middle, that's where I played during my youth. It's where I feel best." #DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/tB8lvBYryU — Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) November 8, 2017
Gotze was only able to start 11 league games for Dortmund last season, with his campaign severely interrupted by a metabolic disorder.
"It wasn't my first injury and not my first break without football," Gotze added. "Of course you do the rehab and there are times where you reflect about your style of playing, your physical shape.
"It's about seeing the positives and the objectives. My aim was to be back in pre-season in summer and I made it."
#Süle : "I've never played at Wembley. It's one of the biggest and best stadiums in the world. To play there would be really cool." #DieMannschaft #ENGGER pic.twitter.com/o8Tlxf62hu — Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) November 8, 2017
But defender Niklas Sule believes facing the Three Lions will be a good test for the world champions ahead of a home friendly against France on Tuesday - and next year's World Cup.
"I think England have got some good players as compensation, so do we," Sule said. "It will be very tough against them.
"Even without Harry Kane, there is [Jamie] Vardy or some other players who are hard to defend. We're looking forward to the game."