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Holtby harbours World Cup dream

9 February 2014 13:27

Lewis Holtby's dream of playing for Germany at this year's FIFA World Cup was a major factor behind his loan switch to Fulham.

The 23-year-old moved to Craven Cottage from Tottenham until the end of the season on transfer deadline day last month after starting just six Premier League games for his parent club this term.

Holtby made his Fulham debut in their 3-0 home defeat to Southampton last week, and is in line to start in their trip to face Manchester United on Sunday.

And the midfielder believes that regular first-team football throughout the second half of the campaign could see him force his way into Germany coach Joachim Low's plans for Brazil 2014.


"I reviewed my season at Spurs and checked how many games I had played recently and I'm a player who wants to play," Holtby said.

"I'm hungry for games, especially in the Premier League - that's what I came here for.

"It's a great opportunity for me now at Fulham to get these games and get the full trust of the gaffer, Mr Meulensteen and show my abilities and what I can do and maybe slot into the Germany side too, somehow, to get my confidence running.

"I want to show the Premier League and all the pundits what I can do week in, week out on the pitch.

"To stay in London was perfect, everything felt right from the start.

"I will try and show people what I can do and hopefully the German national team as well."

Fulham sit bottom of the Premier League ahead of their game at Old Trafford, having lost four successive top-flight games.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
9 February 2014
Game week
25
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
Old Trafford (Manchester)
Attendance
74966

Goals

0 - 1
19' S. Sidwell
 (assist by L. Holtby)
R. van Persie 78'
(assist by Mata) 
1 - 1
M. Carrick 80'  
2 - 1
2 - 2
90'+4 D. Bent

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Substitutes

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25
5
11
13
26
# Player Bookings
39 90+4'
28
21
5
11
16
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