THE BOSS JOACHIM LOW
Germany’s World Cup-winning boss has reached at least the semi-finals in his five major tournaments in charge. He has put extra pressure on himself by axing Leroy Sane, voted the Premier League’s best young player by his peers.
THE STAR MESUT OZIL
I have been critical of Ozil’s displays for Arsenal this season. It feels as if he has been saving himself for the World Cup. If he performs the way we know he can, Ozil can be Germany’s star man. He is the glue that holds everything together.
THE PROSPECT TIMO WERNER
The 5ft 11in forward, 22, is an ice-cool finisher. He scored 21 goals in all competitions for RB Leipzig despite a season disrupted by illness and injury. Werner already has eight goals in his first 14 caps.
Everywhere you look, there are top players. Such is Germany’s strength that the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Julian Draxler and Antonio Rudiger may have to settle for a place on the bench. Marco Reus is back, too, after missing both the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 through injury. Germany always arrive at tournaments supremely confident.
It is hard to pinpoint a single weakness, but the Germans have only won one of their last six games — albeit facing the likes of France, Spain and Brazil in that run. Yet how often do we see this winning machine turn up at tournaments and hit top gear?