Kroos: England ‘know what they’re doing’

Date published: Friday 25th March 2016 8:27

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos believes England have a good chance of winning Euro 2016 and says the world champions are taking Saturday’s friendly seriously.

Joachim Low’s men host Roy Hodgson’s side in Berlin before they take on Italy on Tuesday.

Kroos sees both matches as a chance to assess their rivals and, while the games ultimately mean nothing, he insists Germany want to win.

“England are a very good team and have a good chance this summer,” he told a press conference.

“If you look at their squad they’ve clearly got some good players. They know what they’re doing and have fast attacking players.

“They may only be friendlies, but we want to try and win.”

The focus at this time of the season is on club football, with the Champions League entering the quarter-final stage and domestic league titles still to be won.

And, while the Real Madrid midfielder believes the friendlies are more beneficial to coach Low, he insists the players know what they have to do and when.

“The games represent a good opportunity for the manager to gain more of an insight and to try and few things out,” he added.

“It’s important that we are together for four days and that we can challenge ourselves against two very good sides.

“We all know that it’s crunch time with our respective clubs, but from the middle of May we will all be 100 per cent focused on the Euros.”

Germany will be without captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has been sidelined for several weeks with a knee injury.

No timescale has been put on the Manchester United midfielder’s return, but Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller is hopeful they will not be without his vast experience in France.

“It is of course very frustrating for him and for us. He injured himself in the very first training back, which is disappointing,” he said.

“There’s still a bit of time left until the Euros, but it’s hard to say now how long he will need to make a full recovery.

“Anything is possible though, and it’s important to have the captain on board this summer.

“He can help us, regardless of whether he plays from the first or third match. You saw that at the World Cup.”

Muller also believes Bayern team-mate Mario Gotze can have an impact at the European Championships, despite a difficult season with the Bundesliga leaders which has led to speculation about him leaving in the summer.

“Ultimately a player’s quality can only be judged on their current performances,” he added.

“It doesn’t matter what players have done in the past. Mario adds a lot to our squad, as he always has done.

“The situation at Bayern has nothing to do with what he can do for us here.

“This year at Bayern we have had seven or eight players competing for about three positions in the starting XI.

“I hope that he is able to prove the doubters wrong with some impressive performances for Germany.”

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