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Karagounis: I’ll play for Greece if I’m called up
- Updated: September 30, 2012
Giorgos Karagounis says he will continue to play for Greece if he is called upon, after making his Fulham debut yesterday against Manchester City.
The former Panathinaikos player made his English Premier League bow off the bench against the defending English champions, a match which his new side lost 2-1.
Speaking to Sentra 103.3, the 35 year-old hinted at a personal goal to play on until the 2014 World Cup.
“The team is on a very good road to Rio but the trip is still a long one,” Karagounis said of Greece’s perfect start to qualifying.
“I haven’t stopped [playing] for the national team and as long as I am at a high level, I won’t ever say no to the national team.
“It would be the perfect scenario if we were to go to another World Cup.”
Karagounis also spoke of an enormous amount of “respect” for Greek footballers in England following the country’s stunning triumph at Euro 2004, as well as praising the professionalism and culture of the Premier League.
He also commented on the current state of the Greek domestic game, which has suffered both on and off the pitch as a result of the economic crisis which has afflicted the country.
“There are many difficulties, not only financial,” he said. “But as we say how crap one thing or another is, we won’t make any steps forward.”