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Germany assess England after quarter-final victory over Greece
Posted Sunday, June 24, 2012 by SNTV


German midfielder Marco Reus says his side are the team to beat at Euro 2012.

He added that their potential semi-final opponents England had "exceeded everybody's expectations".


SOUNDBITE (German): Andre Schurrle, Germany forward:
"I would say that we have shown and proven that people's assessment of us being tournament favourites was actually true and that was important for us. We approached the semi-final with a great sense of self-confidence, so I think we have confirmed our position."

SOUNDBITE (German): Andre Schurrle, Germany forward:
We know and are conscious and are aware of the strength of team and the overall squad that we have. The national coach (Jaochim Loew) wanted some changes and that's exactly what he did. And I think it was visible to all that the performance level didn't drop and that everybody in the squad can be a worthwhile and valuable addition to the team's performance. I think that is our great advantage that we have a full squad of twenty-three all on the same level."

SOUNDBITE (German): Marco Reus, Germany midfielder:
"If you look at England I think they have stepped up, they have exceeded everybody's expectations. Also they have now added Wayne Rooney to their list of active players, but I still think that we have the better squad, both individually speaking and as a team and I think that we are the team to beat for the European Championship title."

SOUNDBITE (German): Andre Schurrle, Germany forward:
"Well I think England sit very deep, they have a very solid four, four, two system and they are trying to lie in wait, to score on the counter. Wayne Rooney I think is a tremendously important figure for England. Italy have taken me a bit by surprise, I think they play very forward orientated football, they have created lots of goalscoring chances. So they both have strengths and weaknesses that we will analyse in due course and try to benefit from those."

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia