Former national coach Joachim Löw believes a return of World Cup winner Mario Götze to the German national team is possible.

“He brings all the qualities for it,” Löw said on Sky, referring to the qualities of Götze’s new club Eintracht Frankfurt: “He will play in the Champions League again, is the focus here in the Bundesliga and wants to recommend himself for the World Cup.”

Göze’s return to the Bundesliga, meanwhile, came as a surprise even to Löw. “Of course I didn’t expect Mario to return to Germany, not at this point in time. But I am very happy for Mario and Eintracht. Mario is an exceptional player, very professional and he fits Eintracht very well with his great game intelligence,” said Löw.

Götze (30) had most recently played for PSV Eindhoven for two years, making his last of 63 international appearances to date against France on 14 November 2017. In the 2014 World Cup final, Löw substituted Götze, who then scored the winning goal in extra time to beat Argentina 1-0.