Ozcan went through all the U national teams of the DFB, most recently he played 15 times for the German U 21 and was with the team 2021 European champion – under Stefan Kuntz. The 24-year-old will follow in Turkey now. The decision to play for his country of birth of Germany or Turkey to play the country of birth of his parents has fallen. Özcan has decided for Turkey, as he announced on Instagram.
“In the past few weeks, I have dealt intensively with this question,” Özcan Knowledge, who had telecorded Hansi Flick, who had phoned Hansi Flick last weekend, and which he had “a charming perspective”. “We really talked about it,” says Özcan at “Sky”, “but I have agreed so that I just want to play the season well and wants to retrieve my performance in the club – and then you see what’s in the Future happens. ” The future is not in the DFB selection.
He had “many conversations with my family”, the decision was now “made from conviction”, said Özcan, who has so far received 89 times for the 1st FC Cologne in the Bundesliga and convinced in the current season ( 25 Games, Hansi Flick Average Rote 3.02): “I want to play for Turkey!”
“We know where for us players who have potential. Salih is one of them, without question,” declared flick in the nomination for the two first international matches in the World Cup year. Özcan, 2017 awarded the Fritz Walter Medal in Gold as the best U-19 junior player, but lacked in the squad for the game against Israel and the Netherlands. In the bid of the DFB-EC eleven he will no longer appear after his decision for Turkey.
On the way to Turkey to the Kuntz team
“Salih Özcan is nominated for the upcoming friendly game of the Turkish A national team against Italy,” the Effzeh tweeted. “He’s already sitting in the plane and is on the way to the team of coach Stefan Kuntz.”