Kevin Kuranyi remains optimistic that he will one day be able to resume his international career, despite having been told by Joachim Low that he will never play for Germany again.
Germany coach Low has told the Schalke striker that he will no longer consider him for selection after he walked out of the Westfalenstadion at half-time during last month’s World Cup qualifier with Russia.
Kuranyi, who left the stadium in protest at having been left out of the match-day squad, has apologised for letting his team-mates down but remains unrepentant.
”If I had not left, then I would not have learned a lot of things which are important for my future. Sometimes you have got to do something for yourself, even if nobody else understands you,” he told Welt am Sonntag.
”I hope this error has not destroyed everything,” added Kuranyi, who has won 52 caps for Germany. ”Someday, it will be my aim to play for Germany once again, but at the moment everything is fine as it is.”
Kuranyi is not the only player to have fallen out with Low. Werder Bremen midfielder Torsten Frings was annoyed at being dropped, along with Kuranyi for the game with Russia, but subsequently apologised to Low after an angry outburst.
Unhappy at the treatment of both Kuranyi and Frings, Germany captain Michael Ballack suggested that Low had been disrespectful in his handling of the situation.
Like Frings, Ballack later apologised for publicly criticising the manager, but not before the Germany coach had suggested that the Chelsea man could be stripped of the German captaincy unless he retracted the statement.