" Our aim is to progress, but we know a hard job is in front of us ... We start against a strong home team and then we face the top seeded team of Kairat Almaty who I consider favourites. We are going to fight, we have a good team that will be well prepared for this phase. "
" It was my big goal after the World Cup in South Africa [in 2010] also to be part of Euro 2012 with the Germany national team ... I knew from the beginning that the competition for the 23 places would be hard and tight. I gave it my best shot. Like the younger players, I am also disappointed, but I still feel part of this team and wish them from the bottom of my heart that they play a great European Championship. "