Per Mertesacker admits that facing Jurgen Klinsmann at the World Cup will be “very special” for the Germany squad.

The legendary striker scored 38 goals in 80 games for his national team, before going on to manage them from 2004 to 2006.

Klinsmann is now in charge of the United States squad and will come up against his home country in Recife in the final game of Group C.

“It is a really special game for those players who came in when he managed the national team,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player. “Even our manager now, Joachim Low, came in as his assistant coach.

“A lot of the staff have been there consistently after he [was manager] and he brought in a new generation of players. There are still a lot there now with the national team.

“So it will be very special, not just for me but for every member of the national squad.”

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