Speaking in Bild Spurs' Anglo-German midfielder has been speaking up his country's chances in the Under-21 Championships.
If Lewis Holtby thought he was in for a nice relaxing summer he obviously had no idea that Rainer Adrion had the intention of calling him up for Under-21 duty this summer.
Holtby has been named the captain of the junge Nationalmannschaft ahead of the competition in Israel which kicked off yesterday.
And while Norway and the host nation played out an entertaining 2-2 draw later in the evening England were completely outplayed by their Italian counterparts; and as Stuart Pearce admitted they were lucky to only lose by the odd goal.
Holtby, being half-English himself, would likely have been slightly gutted by the result … but you would not have guessed it going by his words in the German publication Bild today.
The opening under-21 game has extra spice as the German side take on the Dutch in Petah Tivka this evening. While we Englishman like to think that we are the Germans biggest rival on the football field that could not be further from the truth; they would take a victory over the Dutch any day of the week.
That fact is clearly not lost on any of the team, but especially the Anglo-German Holtby who has been speaking very confidently in the German media:
"There is nothing better than beating Holland. I am convinced that we chip away at it. I would say: Here we could get a draw, but I would be out of place and would have to give up my Captain armband".
And any lingering thoughts of his English heritage have clearly gone out of the window ahead of the fixture…
"Germany is currently the best football nation in the world. Each of us must have the self-confidence and say: We will take the title."
Germany and Holland both have some exceptional players in their squad but for Tottenham fans they will have their eyes firmly on Holtby.
After being brought in early from Schalke 04 he only showed glimpses of his ability in the Premier League and Europa League games where he featured. There is also a real question over where his best position is. A former winger he may be but a central midfield position definitely seems his better option.
For this German side however he is the lynchpin and Tottenham fans would do well to tune in tonight and check out just how good he is for his nation; as it may give them hope of a better second season with the club.
What did you make of Holtby’s half season at The Lane? Are we yet to see the best of him?
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