Schweinsteiger Will Play Against France – Low

Germany coach, Joachim Low has said that Bastian Schweinsteiger will captain Germany for their Euro 2016 semi-final against France on Thursday

The Manchester United midfielder, 31, was doubtful for the game in Marseille with a knee injury.

“I have the team in my head and Bastian Schweinsteiger will definitely start,” Low, 56, said.

“I said if he trains 100% without complaints then he’ll play. He trained this morning and had no complaints.”

He added: “The injury is cured and he showed against Italy he’s got the strength to play from the start, and I believe he’s very, very important, particularly in such a game – his experience is very valuable.

“We have three players – Mario Gomez, Sami Khedira and Mats Hummels – whom we have to replace, which is not easy, and this is why it is important that an experienced player like Bastian starts.”

The world champions are missing Khedira and Gomez through injury, while defender Hummels serves a one-match suspension for picking up two bookings.

Despite Germany not having lost to France in a competitive match since 1958, Low says his side are not favourites against the tournament hosts.

“We’re not playing against a team, we’re playing against an entire country, so I wouldn’t say we’re favourites,” Low said.

“Both teams have good quality and who shows this and makes fewer mistakes and takes their chances will win.

“We’re going to be the toughest opponents France have had to face so far here. We’re going to put everything into reaching the final.”

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