World Cup 2014: Julian Draxler eyeing berth in Brazil

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Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler insists that he is focused on securing Champions League football this season and hopes his performances are recognised by Germany coach Joachim Low.

Draxler has emerged as one of the most promising midfielders in Europe over the past couple of seasons but he has not been as consistent domestically this term.

The 20-year-old has only found the back of the net once and provided seven assists in his 23 Bundesliga outings.

However, already boasting 10 caps to his name and with the Royal Blues sitting third in the table he expects that he will be handed a chance to travel to Brazil in June.

Schalke currently sit third in the league, seven points adrift of second-placed Borussia Dortmund with just two games left to play.

Draxler said: “First of all I want to achieve direct qualification for the Champions League with Schalke.

“That would be perfect. But then I will go to the World Cup – no question.”

Germany, who are priced at 6.00 to be victorious in Brazil, are once again expected to mount a challenge for silverware at the showpiece tournament – although no European team has ever claimed the famous trophy on South American soil.

Draxler will face some strong competition for places in the 23-man squad with Mario Gotze, Andre Schurrle, Mesut Ozil and Toni Kroos all expected to be on the plane.

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