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´Havertz has my full support´ – Fullkrug motivated by reserve role at Euro 2024

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 10 Jun 2024

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Niclas Fullkrug is ready to embrace his role as Germany’s second-choice striker behind Kai Havertz, and use it as motivation at Euro 2024.

Julian Nagelsmann confirmed Havertz will lead the line at the tournament for the hosts, who begin their campaign against Scotland in Group A on Friday.

Despite playing five fewer games (46), Fullkurg scored more goals (16 to 14), created more assists (11 to seven), recorded a higher xG (19.18 to 14.79) and a higher shot conversion rate (16.67 per cent to 15.22 per cent) than the Arsenal forward in 2023-24.

But the 31-year-old, who discussed the situation with Nagelsmann, fully respects his coach’s decision, and welcomes the opportunity to fight for his place.

“The coach has the power and takes the decisions and that’s the right way,” said Fullkrug, who has scored 11 goals in 16 seniors caps.

“Since we were young footballers, we were taught about competition. We are all ambitious to play as much as possible and carry responsibility.

“Kai has my full support and I wish him all the goals possible, because that will take us forward in this unique chance we have.

“We are going into the tournament with a good feeling. You have to identify with your role and still accept it, and see it as motivation to work in order to go beyond just this role and get more playing time.

“Basically, it is good to have two different types of strikers. Kai is a completely different striker, defined by a different game. We are both very confident. I don’t think many teams will be happy to play against us.”

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