Schmelzer grateful for ´second chance´
Borussia Dortmund defender Marcel Schmelzer has spoken of his gratitude at being given a 'second chance' with Germany.
The left-back has developed into an important player for Dortmund, who have won consecutive Bundesliga titles, but could only make the bench for his country at Euro 2012.
However, he has emerged as a viable option for Joachim Loew since then, allowing Philipp Lahm to revert to his more natural position on the right.
After disappointing international performances against Australia and Switzerland, he is refusing to take his place for granted.
"I would not call it a free ride, it's more of a second chance," Schmelzer told Kicker
ahead of Friday's World Cup 2014 qualifier against the Faroe Islands.
"I did not take my first chance against Australia or Switzerland, and I could not replicate my Dortmund form. I have been annoyed about it."
Schmelzer will be reacquainted with the likes of Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan while on Germany duty.
He believes the presence of so many Dortmund stars in the Germany camp can only be viewed as a benefit.
"At Dortmund, there are some automatic starters (in the Germany squad), players who I have known for a long time. It's been two years since I made my Germany debut and it just gets better," Schmelzer said.
"Dortmund are important so that we are not alone here, but in a large group."