Mertesacker optimistic about World Cup

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.

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.

– Arsenal and Germany defender Per Mertesacker.

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