By Patrick Akoto
Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has been forced to eat large and copious amounts of humble pie by performing a humbling u-turn for questioning the title credentials of Germany ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The controversial player is now backtracking on his claims that Germany are not capable for winning the World Cup title following his claims in May.
The tough-talking Schalke midfielder claimed the Germans lacked â€˜characters and leadersâ€™ to clinch the global title in the South American country.
But after Joachim Lowâ€™s men defied critics to win their fourth World Cup title, the suspended Ghana star has backtracked on his claims insisting he did not attack anyone but only contributed to a debate.
"I did not attack anyone. If someone feels attacked, I can not help it. The Germans responded perfectly - not on me personally but on the debate. There was in this some respect," Boateng told a press conference.
â€œI must apologize for my opinion on the German team. Germany has responded perfectly and has become world champions. Germany has also shown me.
â€œThey are all grown men, and we are respectful of each other. Equally respectfully was my opinion."
The flamboyant ex-Tottenham Hotspur andÂ AC MilanÂ star Kevin criticised theÂ GermansÂ before the World Cup sayingÂ Joachim Lowâ€™s squad lacks â€œcharacters and leadersâ€ when the going gets tough.
Many tipped Germany to top the group, but Kevin said Germany lack the characters to make the difference.
â€œYou need characters when you go into a tournament with so much pressure. I donâ€™t see anyone in the Germany team who could handle this and might be able to carry the team along,â€ Kevin said before the World Cup.
â€œWhenever things matter, they donâ€™t make it,â€ he added.
The Germans defied Kevin and went on to win the World Cup in emphatic fashion by brushing hosts Brazil aside before defeatingÂ ArgentinaÂ 1-0 in the final.
Boateng was kicked out of Ghanaâ€™s World Cup camp following an altercation with head trainer Kwesi Appiah while his younger brother Jerome went ahead to win the title.
Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has revealed the 27-year-old is no longer part of his future plans.
But the former AC Milan star has revealed he could return to the side ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Morocco.
KevinÂ opted to play for Ghana, the country of his father, in 2009 and was up against his half-brother and Germany right-backÂ JÃ©rÃ´me BoatengÂ at the World Cup in the match which ended 2-2.
German-born Boateng, the brother of Germany international Jerome, opted to play for Ghana only months before theÂ 2010 World CupÂ inÂ South Africabut featured in every game and helped theÂ Black StarsÂ to the quarter-finals where they were controversially eliminated byÂ Uruguay.
After a three-year hiatus, Kevin Â returned to the Ghana team ahead of the2014 World CupÂ but his campaign ended in disgrace as he was kicked out from the Black Stars squad for disciplinary problems.
Boateng ultimately decided to switch allegiances when he was excluded from the Germany under-21 squad in the summer of 2009 on disciplinary grounds.
His exclusion game only days before the team, which includedÂ Mesut Ozil,Manuel Neuer,Â Sami KhediraÂ andÂ Mats Hummels, travelled toÂ SwedenÂ to win theÂ European Championships.
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