FIFA U-17 World Cup record 
Although Germany are not regular participants at FIFA U-17 World Cups, they can nevertheless look back on considerable success at the competition. They have been eliminated by the eventual champions in three of their last four appearances. In 2007 Germany lost 3-1 to Nigeria in the semi-finals, were beaten 4-3 after extra time by Switzerland in the last 16 two years later, and slipped to a 3-2 defeat against Mexico in the last four in 2011. Still, they won bronze at the latter tournament and in 2007. Germany were knocked out by Croatia in the round of 16 in Chile two years ago.

Germany have appeared at a further five U-17 World Cups, including a fourth-placed finish at Egypt 1997. Furthermore, the German Democratic Republic reached the last eight at Scotland 1989. The greatest success enjoyed by a German team at an U-17 World Cup was at the inaugural tournament in China PR in 1985, where they finished as runners-up.

Road to India
Germany performed as a compact unit throughout the entire qualifying campaign and recorded seven victories from as many games up until the European Championship semi-final, scoring 36 goals and conceding just six. The only time they failed to hit the target was in their last-four clash with eventual champions Spain, who won 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out.

"In terms of attacking play, this is the best group of players I've ever had during my time working in youth football," said coach Christian Wuck after the U-17 EURO. "We set a new scoring record and still managed to concede the joint-fewest goals alongside England. And when it comes to attacking, these guys, who were born in 2000, have unbelievable speed and a good scoring record. Now they're all raring to go at the World Cup, they can't wait. One thing is clear: this squad has got what it takes to win a title and we'll give it another go in India."

The coach
Wuck has worked as a coach at the German Football Association since 2012, taking charge of the U-16s and U-17s, among others. Under his charge Germany reached the final of the UEFA U-17 European Championship, which they lost 4-1 to France. At the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015, Wuck's team lost to Croatia in the last 16.

As a player Wuck made more than 100 Bundesliga appearances for Nuremberg, Karlsruher SC and VfL Wolfsburg.

The stat
17 –
The number of goals Germany scored in five games at the European qualifying tournament, with Fiete Arp alone responsible for seven of them. No other European team found the net as frequently.