Beckenbauer wants Kuranyi recall

BY foxsports • March 30, 2010

Former Germany captain Franz Beckenbauer has called for Joachim Loew to swallow his pride and recall Schalke striker Kevin Kuranyi.

Kuranyi has been ostracised by Loew since storming away from the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund before the final whistle after being omitted from the matchday squad for the World Cup qualifier against Russia in October 2008.

However, his form for the title-challenging Royal Blues this season - he is currently the Bundesliga's leading scorer with 17 - has prompted a campaign from fans for his recall.

Loew is reportedly mulling over the situation but Beckenbauer is adamant the Brazil-born forward should be given the chance to prove he is worthy of a place in the party for this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa.

Beckenbauer wrote in his column for the Bild newspaper: "Should the top goalscorer in the Bundesliga go to South Africa? In my opinion, yes.

"Joachim Loew was right to respond how he did after Kuranyi's disappearance during the Russia game. This violation had to be punished severely.

"But that was in October 2008, 18 months ago.

"Joachim Loew should not have banned the player from the national team so quickly. The 'life' punishment always seemed excessive. And now it is a problem for the national team."

And with Germany's other striking options struggling for goals and fitness, Beckenbauer believes Loew would be wrong to ignore the man in form.

"Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski are a long way from World Cup form," he added, "while Stefan Kiessling and Mario Gomez need to get match fit after injuries.

"In this situation, to ignore the top-scorer is wrong in my eyes."

Beckenbauer believes the German Football Association (DFB) should step in to avoid Loew losing face.

He said: "The DFB president Dr Theo Zwanziger and the coaching staff should sit down with Kevin Kuranyi to find a solution.

"If Joachim Loew does a u-turn he deserves respect not criticism.

"One must always remember that the national team is not a matter of a few people who have a problem with each other. It belongs to us all."

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