Lukas Podolski admits that Germany have their work cut out if they are to progress to the knockout stage of the World Cup.

Joachim Low’s side have been drawn alongside Portugal, Ghana and the United States in a challenging Group G.

Having reached the semi-finals at their past two World Cups, Podolski is hoping Germany can go one step better this time around - as long as they make it through.

It's not easy but I think we have a strong team and we want to get out of this group and play a good World Cup

Lukas Podolski

“I think it's a tough draw because Portugal have Cristiano Ronaldo and other players who can create a lot of chances to score,” he told Arsenal Player.

“United States have a German coach (Jurgen Klinsmann) so it's a special game for him. And with Ghana, African teams always fight and keep giving 110 per cent.

“It's not easy but I think we have a strong team and we want to get out of this group and play a good World Cup. We want to fight for the title.

“It's not always easy because people think, ‘Germany go to Brazil and win the title’. Everyone thinks it's done [but] you have a lot of teams who want the same - especially the South American teams, who are strong.

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 9 Jun 2014