German-born American International Jermaine Jones will not celebrate if he scores against his native country. The former German National Team midfielder who filed a one-time national team switch with FIFA in 2009 has become a critical player in Jürgen Klinsmann’s US National Team setup. The midfielder who now features for Beşiktaş in the Turkish League after a difficult first half of the 2013-14 season with Schalke 04 in Bundesliga. It was only the second stint of Jones’ professional career in which he played for a club outside Germany. He previously spent part of the 2010-11 season on loan with Blackburn Rovers then of the Barclays Premier League in England.
Jones said of the possibility of scoring in the United States final group match versus Germany,
“If I score against Germany, I will maybe not celebrate,”
“I think it’s respect there, I grew up in this country — they gave me a lot. I had my first caps for the national team for Germany. I’m happy (Germany’s Head Coach) Jogi Loew gave me this chance, so I will not celebrate if I score.”
Jones featured for Germany’s Youth National Team regularly and was a member of Germany’s 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship squad. The German-born midfielder has more recently been a key figure in the United States setup. Jones has played a critical role in covering for the back four and linking play going forward with Michael Bradley, the United States best field player, and Clint Dempsey, the USA’s best attacking threat.
The Frankfurt born Jones is one of five German-American players on the squad managed by Klinsmann, a German playing legend and World Cup winner. Despite sometimes fierce criticism from the American soccer press and US fans, Klinsmann has kept faith with Jones and it is very likely he will be one of the featured players for the United States in Brazil.