After a year at Schalke, Arsenal spotted me playing for the German youth team and offered me a contract so I came over to England and that’s where I’ve been ever since. I never really got into the First Team there, but I still really like the club. I went on loan to Wimbledon (I hate it when people write that I played for MK Dons by the way…) in the second half of the 2002/03 season, and then joined Fulham just after that. And I’m now the club’s longest serving player.
I’ve also played for the German national team right through to the Under 21s, my last game coming in the European U21 Championships in Portugal last summer. I’ve been in one Germany senior squad too but didn’t get off the bench. There’s still time though, and it’s a big ambition of mine.
I still don’t score many goals - at the start of 2006/07 my goal scoring record for Fulham was minus one. But I had a bit of a purple patch season - well, three goals, which is a purple patch by my standards. One of those three – which came at Stamford Bridge last December - was the 15,000th Premiership goal scored. I obviously knew that, which was why I decided to pop up at that point in the game. And for my efforts I got the world’s smallest trophy and was given £15,000 to donate to charity – all good.