Germany internationals Philipp Lahm and Lukas Podolski have given their backing to out-of-form compatriot Mesut Ozil
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Wales have been drawn in Group B alongside top seeds Bosnia-Herzegovina. Scotland, meanwhile, face Germany, a much tougher task.
World Coach of the Year - Jupp Heynckes Women's World Coach of the Year - Silvia Neid. A German double. Roy Hodgson presented.
Brave and right decision. Respect, Thomas Hitzlsperger. His outing is a important sign in our time. http://t.co/c69Oml2Ocp
I so respect Hitzlsperger for coming out! Very important and he shows great courage! He will inspire the young generation. Sport=tolerance
Thomas Hitzlsperger announces he is gay. http://t.co/itpSZBcBfd Hope one day soon folks won't have to wait for retirement.
Hitzlsperger - 52 caps for Germany, played for Stuttgart, Lazio, Villa + others - prob highest profile ex-footballer to come out
Per Mertesacker thinks Germany are shaping up well ahead of the World Cup following their latest win over England.
Mertesacker's first-half header gave Germany their fourth straight victory over England on Tuesday night.
– Arsenal and Germany defender Per Mertesacker.
We had a different squad for these two games and we showed overall that we have maybe 30 players who can be selected for the World Cup and that is a good sign.
We are confident as a team. We were very stable in the 1-1 draw against Italy in defence. This is very positive.
We have excellent team spirit as well as the large selection of good players.
That's why I look optimistically to Brazil. Those things can make the difference in the summer.