Monday 22 January 2018

English will be among front-runners: Kroos

German midfielder Toni Kroos. Photo: Annegret Hilse/AP
German midfielder Toni Kroos. Photo: Annegret Hilse/AP

German midfielder Toni Kroos believes England have a good chance of winning Euro 2016 and says the world champions are taking tomorrow'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.

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