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Euro 2016 profile: Germany keen to top World Cup win with continental crown

Will Muller be leading Euro 2016 menace?

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In our latest Euro 2016 profile, tournament second-favourites Germany have Thomas Muller to fire them to glory and live up to their place in the betting.

We continue to profile all 24 teams at the Euro 2016 finals in France, so punters are in the know when it comes to the sides on show this summer.

In the spotlight this time are Germany, under pressure at 10/3 to follow up their 2014 World Cup triumph by bagging a fourth European Championship, with a host of bookies including Sky Bet offering Die Mannschaft for a dabble at that price.

History at the Euros: Serial winners Germany have lifted this trophy three times before, in 1972, 1980 and perhaps most famously in 1996, when they dumped out rivals England on penalties en route to dispatching the Czech Republic in the grand finale.

It was a semi-final finish last time out, as Joachim Low’s lads were overcome by eventual runners-up Italy. Though, this squad are now seasoned winners and will expect to go further in France.

Head coach: What can you say about Low? The World Cup-winning coach has been Germany boss since 2006, regularly guiding his guys to the business end of tournaments.

Before that, Low had DFB Pokal success with Stuttgart. Yet, the German gaffer is one of those managers that never enjoyed an elite playing career, but world domination as boss must soften the blow.

Key player: This is truly a tough pick, as skipper Bastian Schweinsteiger is still hugely influential, while stopper Manuel Neuer is as good as it gets in goal.

Yet, it is potency at the other end of the pitch that wins games, making Thomas Muller our choice. Impeccable timing, uncanny ability to pop up in the opposition box as if from nowhere – Die Mannscahft dangerman Muller has it all.

After finishing as second-top scorer in Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning run, Bayern Munich menace Muller is a tempting 8/1 with BetVictor to be leading marksman in France.

Rising star: Leroy Sane is currently the outstanding young talent on offer in the German roster, coming straight off a conveyor belt of quality young players from Schalke, including fellow attacking midfielder Julian Draxler, who he has arguably edged ahead of.

The rapid wingman, still 20, has been linked with huge summer money moves to both Barcelona and Manchester City and has shown that undeniably German quality of coolness and composure despite his young age.

Wildcard: Mario Gomez has been gobbling up goal chances while on loan with Turkish club Besiktas, with 21 goals in 34 appearances, something which does not seem to have gone unnoticed by Die Mannscahft manager Low.

Now 30, Gomez had seemed to be past his glory days, after being left out of the 2014 World Cup squad, but it seems the traditional centre forward is back in international favour and his aerial threat could come in handy in France.

Confirmed Germany Euro 2016 fixtures

All kick-offs are British Summer Time (BST)

Sunday, June 12th: Group C, Germany v Ukraine (20:00); Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, BBC
Thursday, June 16th: Group C, Germany v Poland (20:00); Stade de France, Saint-Denis, ITV
Tuesday, June 21st: Group C, Northern Ireland v Germany (17:00); Parc des Princes, Paris, BBC

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