Lukas Podolski believes that manager Joachim Low is Germany’s secret weapon in their bid for World Cup glory this summer.

The 54-year-old has been in charge of the ‘Nationalmannschaft’ for eight years, during which time they have reached two semi-finals and one final at their last three major tournaments.

Whereas other nations have experienced internal difficulties at times, Germany have always had a settled squad and Podolski says that is down to the manager.

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“He looks after the boys, we have rules and that’s important when you spend such a long time together,” the forward told the Arsenal Magazine.

“You don’t have one player going to parties, one going elsewhere. You all stick together.

“[In between matches] you have some players who hang around together, or you have areas where a few of you can get together to watch the games. Some players prefer to stay in their rooms more - everyone is different.

“I think the secret is having a great manager. He looks after us and makes sure everyone is focused on the cup.”

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