Germany striker Stefan Kiessling compares 2014 World Cup to 'damp cheese'

Updated: 26 August 2013 10:15 IST

The 29-year-old made the last of his six appearances for Germany at the 2010 World Cup, but has repeatedly been overlooked by Germany coach Joachim Loew.

Berlin:

Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling has said talk of a Germany recall on Thursday and a place at next year's World Cup leaves him cold, even though he keeps scoring.

The 29-year-old made the last of his six appearances for Germany at the 2010 World Cup, but has repeatedly been overlooked by Germany coach Joachim Loew, who was at Leverkusen's BayArena on Saturday to see Kiessling convert a penalty in Leverkusen's 4-2 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach.

On Thursday, Loew will name his squad for the World Cup qualifiers at home against Austria and away to Faroe Islands on September 6 and 10 respectively, but is set to name Fiorentina's Mario Gomez and Lazio's Miroslav Klose as his strikers. (Related read: Klose set to retire after World Cup)

Having clearly stated last season that he does not expect a Germany recall under Loew, Kiessling was irritated by further questions on the subject.

"At the moment, I've as much interest in the World Cup as damp cheese," said Kiessling, the Bundesliga's top scorer last season.

"I gave a clear statement last season and it's not my job to comment on the issue every time it comes up."

After scoring 25 goals in 34 games last season, Kiessling has already hit two in the three league games so far and netted his 100th Bundesliga goal on Saturday when he converted a 23rd-minute penalty.

After his side joined Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Mainz as the four teams with a 100 percent records after three Bundesliga matches, Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia, the ex-Liverpool and Finland defender, said he just wants to see Kiessling play well for his club.

"Mr Loew makes his decisions and it would be unfair of me to criticise a colleague," said the 39-year-old.

"It's just important for me that Stefan plays well and scores for us."

Topics : Bayer Leverkusen Football Bayern Munchen Miroslav Klose Mario Gomez Tennis
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