Germany's four-goal start to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ has made a big impression on England's players, who may well face the three-times world champions in the second round.
"I thought it was the best performance of the tournament up to now," said Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who watched the Germans' 4-0 demolition of Australia on television with some of his team-mates and the England backroom staff. It was typically German. Maybe on paper you don't expect too much from them but they're always there."
It was typically German. Maybe on paper you don't expect too much from them but they're always there.
Carragher, a keen student of the game who plans to go into management when he stops playing, was particularly impressed with Mesut Oezil, the 21-year-old Werder Bremen playmaker who was at the heart of Germany's best work.
"I thought Oezil was outstanding off the front man (Miroslav) Klose," Carragher said of one of the hottest properties in European football at the moment.
England will face Germany in the second round if they finish second in their group and Joachim Loew's side top theirs. The two sides will also meet if England top group C and Germany are second in group D.