EA prominent advocate, how long has it been since Max Kruse had that? But things change quickly in football. Who knows better than the 32-year-old from Union Berlin. He was kicked out of the national team overnight, not just literally, but actually because of incidents that happened at times when others were sleeping.
The fact that four and a half years later his club coach is alluding to a possible return to the national team says a lot about Kruse’s current career. “You should never say never”, said Union coach Urs Fischer one day after the 3: 3 against Eintracht Frankfurt. No team would spurn someone who can throw the ball into the corner. At least not one who wants to achieve something, for example at an EM. Kruse saved the point with his shot, just as the opponent had turned a 0: 2 into a 3: 2.
He didn’t just hold onto it from 20 meters, he also fastened the ankle, as it is called in the jargon that Joachim Löw also likes to use. The upper body laid perfectly over the ball and then hit exactly with the instep – as if he had read the textbook for dream goals particularly carefully. Which soccer teacher can withstand so much hard work?