Picking in-form Borussia Dortmund players was not a bad plan for Germany coach Joachim Low to adopt when he selected his final 23-man squad for Euro 2012, with Gundogan earning his spot after some impressive displays in the final few weeks of the Bundesliga season.
Born in Gelsenkirchen, he qualifies to play for Turkey through his parents and there was an offer from the Turkish FA to commit his international future to their cause as he started to make his way through the junior ranks of the German national team.
Often compared to international team-mate Mesut Ozil, he confirmed his commitment to the country of his birth by making his senior international debut against Belgium last year and this former Bochum star will be a great option to have on the bench if Joachim Low wants to inject a fresh look to his midfield line-up.
“I feel ready for Euro 2012 because the style Germany play is very similar to what I have been used to at Borussia Dortmund,” states Gundogan. “Both sides play a pressing game, with quick passing and try to get the ball forward as quickly as possible. It is a winning formula.”