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Germany boss Joachim Low wary of England's pace

Updated: Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 09:54 | Comments

Joachim Low: 'If you look at (Wayne) Rooney dropping deep, (Theo) Walcott and Sturridge, they are very good on the counter-attack'
Joachim Low: 'If you look at (Wayne) Rooney dropping deep, (Theo) Walcott and Sturridge, they are very good on the counter-attack'

Germany coach Joachim Low is wary of the threat England striker Daniel Sturridge could pose his side on the counter-attack.

Liverpool frontman Sturridge will start up front for Roy Hodgson's men in tonight's friendly at Wembley, and Low believes the pacy 24-year-old is a danger when breaking from defence.

However, while Low believes England should look to make the most of their speed on the break, he does not think they should go as far as to copy Borussia Dortmund's "quick transition" approach.

Low said Dortmund's specific set-up is based around a spine of foreign players that does not translate to the international arena.

Low said: "If you look at both Arsenal and Dortmund both of these teams are shaped in a very special way, not necessarily by English or German players, but by foreign players.

"And I don't think that you should compare club and national teams, they are two different cups of tea.

"But at the same time I think England are very good at that. If you look at (Wayne) Rooney dropping deep, (Theo) Walcott and Sturridge, they are very good on the counter-attack.

"So yes it would suit England to play on the counter-attack, why not?"

"I don't think that you should compare club and national teams, they are two different cups of tea"

Low believes it is still too soon to crank up preparations for next summer's World Cup.

Still giving players opportunities to impress, he said there is no reason why Dortmund's 33-year-old international debutant goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller cannot force his way into the Germany squad to compete at Brazil 2014.

Low said: "Players have other things on their minds at the moment, the league and cup, the Champions League.

"If we put Brazil on the agenda at this stage it would be too early.

"I wouldn't be tempted into making any final decisions about the World Cup now.

"I had always wanted to check him (Weidenfeller) out, see how he fares in training, gels with the team - talk to the man, see what makes him tick.

"His training shows he is a very good goalkeeper.

"And his personality, I have no qualms about him being a valuable addition to the squad.

"He has assumed the role of leading player for Dortmund, so he could do the same thing for Germany, and he definitely deserves his call-up to the squad."

Challenging Germany to sharpen their finishing after Friday's 1-1 draw with Italy, Low added: "We must improve our play in the final third.

"We lacked efficiency against Italy, missing the clinical precision needed at the level.

"We've got to finish as well as create opportunities, especially at World Cup level, where you only get one or two chances a match."

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