The Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze has said that he is finally approaching his best form again and that he hopes to be recalled to the national team by Germany coach Joachim Low for next month’s friendly matches.

Gotze hasn’t played in the national team for close to a year as he has struggled to maintain his form and fitness since he scored the only goal in the 2014 World Cup final victory over Argentina.

He moved back to Dortmund in 2016 after a disappointing three years with Bayern Munich but his return to Dortmund got off to a bad start under coach Thomas Tuchel. Last February he was diagnosed with metabolic disturbances and was ruled out for the rest of the season.

However, this season, under new head coach Peter Bosz, he has come back in a more defensive role in central midfield and he has put in a number of good performances for the league leaders. He was rested in the 5 – 0 cup win at Magdeburg on Tuesday but nonetheless he is feeling confident about his form.

Speaking to Sport Bild earlier in the week he said, “I am finally back at 100 percent”.

Dortmund has had a few disappointing results over the last few weeks but Gotze said, “October has been a good month” for him personally. He went on to say, “I have a really good feeling out there on the pitch. I realise that I want to take on responsibility and that I can actually do so as well. The team gives me the trust.”

He also said that after making nine appearances for Dortmund this season he feels ready to return to the national team for their friendly with England next month, “There’s still a bit time until then, but I would love to be part of the squad”.