Per - Doubts will help Germany focus

Per Mertesacker believes the “doubts” over Germany’s chances in Euro 2016 will help the team to focus this summer.

The World Cup winners saw a number of key players retire after the tournament in Brazil, including Mertesacker, and they have taken time to gel again.

Joachim Low’s side lost twice in the qualifiers for the European Championship, but Arsenal’s vice-captain believes that could play in their favour.

“[Germany’s chances are] very promising,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player. “The team has changed slightly because a few boys retired after the World Cup and it was a difficult qualification in general, but in the end we went through.

“The Euros are a tough tournament and everyone needs to be fit and ready, so there’s always doubt. There’s always doubt in Germany and there always has been, even when I played.

“It’s good when there are doubts because it keeps everyone going, keeps them focused, and Germany just gets going when the tournament is going on. That’s why I think we should be very comfortable going there and just performing as we have always done.

“There are some promising countries who have developed really well over qualification, so hopefully it’s going to be an exciting tournament. Even now, from an England perspective, there are lots of hopes.

“It’s going to be interesting so let’s see. That’s the beauty of it for me, to be able to able to go on holiday and have no pressure, just pressure as a fan to want the German side to win.”

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