Gomez eyes Germany redemption

BERLIN - Germany striker Mario Gomez, a flop in last year's European Championship, should have a golden chance to end his long goal drought against Liechtenstein on Saturday.

Without a goal in 12 internationals since scoring two against Switzerland 12 months ago, Gomez could not wish for more suitable opponents than Liechtenstein, who languish 151st in the world rankings.

The VfB Stuttgart striker was a major disappointment at Euro 2008, missing a succession of simple chances despite Germany's run to the final.

"I hope I can return the trust of my coach," Gomez told reporters in Leipzig on Friday, a day after coach Joachim Loew said he would be in the starting line-up for the World Cup qualifier.

"I have always gotten my chances in the national team but unfortunately I have failed to score goals," Gomez said.

"But I am confident enough to know that I will score if I am fit."

Gomez will start in attack, most likely alongside Lukas Podolski after Miroslav Klose was ruled out with an injury.

He has scored six goals in 21 appearances for Germany.

Germany, top of Group Four with 10 points from four matches, next play Wales in Cardiff on April 1.