Car­ragher: For­get about avoid­ing Ger­many and con­cen­trate on qual­i­fy­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

JAMIE Car­ragher be­lieves Eng­land should fo­cus on qual­i­fy­ing for the next phase of the World Cup rather than wor­ry­ing about try­ing to avoid a last-16 clash with in-form Ger­many.

The Liver­pool de­fender was im­pressed with the way Ger­many over­came Aus­tralia 4-0 in their open­ing game and was par­tic­u­larly struck by mid­fielder Me­sut Ozil and striker Miroslav Klose.

The two old ri­vals would meet in the next phase should Ger­many win Group D and Eng­land fin­ish run­ners-up in Group C - or vice-versa.

But Car­ragher is more concerned about Fabio Capello’s side beat­ing Al­ge­ria on Fri­day than any pos­si­ble per­mu­ta­tions in the fu­ture.

He said: “My­self, Steven Ger­rard, David James and some of the staff watched the Ger­many game and they were very im­pres­sive.

“It is the best per­for­mance we have seen at the World Cup al- though Ar­gentina played well with­out get­ting the goals.

“Ozil be­hind the striker was very good, link­ing the whole team to­gether.

“Klose seems to get a lot of crit­i­cism in Ger­many, be­ing on the bench for Bay­ern Mu­nich, but he is close to Gerd Muller’s goal record now.

“It was typ­i­cal Ger­many. Maybe some­times on paper you don’t ex­pect too much but, what­ever tour- na­ment comes around, they al­ways do well.”

But Car­ragher in­sisted: “I don’t go along with look­ing at this early stage about who you might play in the next round.

“For me, it is about win­ning the next game. Ger­many are the best team so far but it is only one game.

“I don’t think we should be think­ing about avoid­ing this team or that team. The first thing is to make sure we get through.”

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