BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 08: Ilkay Guendogan of Germany practices during a training session of the German National team at Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark on November 8, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The Citizens midfielder is ready to prove his worth in the forthcoming friendly against England at Wembley.

İlkay Gündoğan is confident that he will convince his manager to include him in the Germany squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The midfielder was called upon for the friendlies against England and France and he is highly-determined to impress.

Gündoğan has been selected in the squad for the first time in a year ever since he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in the Premier League, which took him out of the pitch for a long period of time.

Even though he missed his country’s deciding qualifiers, Gündoğan is happy to return to Joachim Low’s men ahead of their friendlies.

“I am really happy to be nominated. The elite footballers of one country meet at the national team and it’s an honour for me to be among them,” Gündoğan told

“I haven’t earned as many caps as I should have. Because of this, it is maybe even more special for me to be back in the team.”

Despite missing the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Euro due to injuries, Gündoğan is positive that if he remains fit, he will be featured in the Germany squad.

“If I stay fit, I am sure that I will be in the World Cup squad.

“The DFB gave me an extremely good feeling in the past years. They made sure that I still feel important although I have been ruled out for some months from time to time.

“I feel the trust and want to pay back for it now.”