Manchester (AP) - Football player Ilkay Gündogan wants a more important role in the DFB selection.

"I see myself in an age and in a position where I can and want to take on more responsibility," said Manchester City's midfielder to the German Press Agency. He wanted to confirm his recent strong performances in the English Premier League also "in the national team".

National coach Joachim Loew nominated on Friday his squad for the completion of the European Championship qualifier on 16 November in Mönchengladbach against Belarus and three days later in Frankfurt against Northern Ireland. "Just like in the club, I want to be an important part of the team here and move forward," Gündogan said.

The 29-year-old had recently caused a stir when he and team-mate Emre Can "liked" an Instagram photo of the salute cheers of Turkish footballers. The jubilee shows solidarity with the Turkish soldiers deployed at the internationally condemned "Operation Peace Spring" against Kurdish militia YPG in northern Syria. Gundogan and Can had withdrawn their Likes for the Salut greeting and then asserted that they did not want to make political statements. Gündogan did not want to comment on this debate again.

He wants to share his career experiences with the DFB team increasingly with younger professionals. "In my early days at the DFB, I was happy to receive any helpful advice given to me by the more experienced players. I want to return that piece by piece, "Gündogan said.

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