Germany's Birgit Prinz: I don't deserve to start the next game

The 33-year-old striker concedes that she isn't as prolific as she used to be but hit back at critics of women's football and vows to return a better player
German international Birgit Prinz has admitted that her poor form of late does not merit her a starting position in the national team and says she even thought about resigning from the side following recent criticism by the press.

Speaking to German publication Bild, she said: "I didn't played the first game as well as I had imagined. I didn't manage to cope with the pressure. I couldn't help the team. The criticism was exaggerated though; it was something of a witch-hunt. "

After being substituted twice early on against Canada and Nigeria, Prinz was finally dropped against France. Her replacement, Inka Grings, scored a brace and the all-time record goalscorer in the Women's World Cup does not now expect to start her team's next game.

Prinz was unhappy with the press and she said: "They wait for me to make a mistake, so they can write that the youngsters are better than me. I felt attacked."

"I thought about resignation," she added. "I could put my head in the sand, then no more people can step on me. The other solution is to go out there and do my best."

Prinz is currently in her native country preparing for a quarter-final encounter against Japan in the World Cup where they hope to retain the trophy which they last won in 2007.

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