WERDER.DE: After being subbed on for your first international appearance you scored the winner against Oman. What was that game like for you?
Niclas Füllkrug: “Every international was something special for me. But when I’m in front of that goal, it doesn’t matter whether I’m playing for Germany or for Werder. I am greedy in front of goal and I always want to score. In those positions I don’t think much about it and I’m often running on instinct. Most of the time it only hit me afterwards that I’d scored for Germany and that something special had just happened for me. It’s also because I am someone who associates it with pride and honour.”
WERDER.DE: Your success on the pitch was also followed by lots of positive media coverage. How did you deal with the hype that surrounded you?
Niclas Füllkrug: “I tried not to get caught up in the hype. I remained calm and tried to only focus on the things that I could influence. For all the hype that there has been, there were also negative headlines about me not so long ago. So I know to be realistic about it.”
WERDER.DE: With three goals and an assist in your first four games, you’ve made a positive start to your international career. This gives you every chance of being selected again. What do you hope to achieve with the national team in the future?
Niclas Füllkrug: “I would obviously be lying if I said that I don’t want to be a part of it again. It is my goal to play more games for the national team. I think that I have shown that I can help and I would love continue to do just that. For me it’s something really special to play for Germany and therefore I would love to continue to be a part of it. But good performances are crucial if I am to achieve that and I will try to keep playing well.”