Joachim Low has pointed out the return to fitness of Gundogan, but indicated he’ll still play second fiddle to Khedira.
Even though Khedira was absent, Bellarabi started against Poland and was replaced by Gundogan in the second half.
The fact that Khedira is injury-prone will not influence Low to start Gundogan, and the coach has praised the Dortmund midfielder for his return to fitness.
“Ilkay came on as a sub and made all the difference in midfield as far as defensive stability is concerned,” Low told a news conference.
“I can see that he was back to form in the two to three training sessions we had pre-match.
“I think he is back to where he was two years ago when he was outstanding against Holland in Amsterdam and against France in Paris.
“This is what makes him an extremely valuable player, he’s very agile, he makes smooth runs, is quick on the turn and I’m very glad to have him as an option, especially when Khedira picks up an injury.
“So he’s definitely going to be one of my men for Euro 2016 and of course the 2018 World Cup, which is just around the corner.”