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Nov 10, 2008

Banished Kuranyi hopeful of Germany career

Kevin Kuranyi is hopeful that he will one day be able to reprise his international career, despite having been told by Joachim Löw that he will never play for Germany again.

Germany coach Löw has told the Scahlke 04 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 omitted from the match-day squad, has apologised for letting his team-mates down but remains unrepentant.

He told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper: ''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.''

Although Löw unequivocally closed the door on the 26-year-old's return to the Germany set-up under his tenure, a change in command could offer hope to Kuranyi.

''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 Löw. Werder Bremen midfielder Torsten Frings was incensed to have been dropped, along with Kuranyi for the game with Russia, but fell short of walking out and subsequently apologised to Löw after an angry outburst.

Unhappy at the treatment of both Kuranyi and Frings, Germany captain Michael Ballack suggested to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper that Löw had been disrespectful in his handling of the situation.

Like Frings, Ballack later apologised for publicly criticising Löw, but not before the Germany coach had suggested that the Chelsea man could be stripped of the German captaincy unless he backtracked on the statement.

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