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05-03-2012, 12:19 PM
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He played in 2001 and 2002 as well. Yes, that was before he left for North America, but just like you can't ignore the fact that playoffs prevented him from playing most of the time, you also can't ignore that he did play for Germany before.

I don't see any reason why you should take out those tournaments when discussing his willingness to play for Germany.

Is he taking the first plane available to come over and play, no, but he also hasn't rejected to play all that often either. It's simply unfair to judge a player based on the two times he didn't choose to play.

Sturm has only played in three World Championships since moving to North America as well, with plenty of times where he could have played and didn't, yet no one doubts that he likes to play for Germany.

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