German Thomas Mueller unfazed by terror threats

Berlin: Thomas Mueller says the Germany squad remains unfazed by the threat of terrorism ahead of Saturday’s high-profile friendly against England in Berlin in the wake of the Brussels attacks.

Germany's Thomas Mueller
Germany's Thomas Mueller

The world champions host Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions on Saturday with a crowd of around 72,000 expected at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium before the Germans play Italy four days later in Munich.

Security will be tight for both games in the wake of Tuesday’s bomb attacks on Brussels’ airport and metro system, which killed 31 people.

‘It’s unusual’
“What is happening here in Europe at the moment is unusual,” said Mueller. “We feel that we are well protected, but of course anything can always happen. However, we are convinced the security forces are doing a good job.”

Germany were affected by the terror attacks last November in Paris having had to spend the night in the Stade de France after their 2-0 defeat to the French.

Then four days later, their home friendly against the Netherlands in Hanover was called off on police advice amidst fears of an attack. Germany will be without captain and Manchester United star Bastian Schweinsteiger against both England and Italy after again tearing the medial ligament in his right knee having suffered the same injury in January.

The 31-year-old faces a race against time to be fit for the Euro championships, which start on June 10. “It’s bitter news for him and also for us,” added Mueller. “I hope, that he will be fit as soon as possible. Basti still has time before the European championships and it will be important to have our captain on board.” Schweinsteiger’s midfield partner Toni Kroos of Real Madrid is backing his captain to get himself fit for France.

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