Failing to score is not a new problem for Germany, who encountered the issue as recently as this summer's World Cup with coach Joachim Loew
switching his formation midway through the tournament to promote Miroslav Klose as a lone striker.
is wary that the emotional support of Neymar and their captain's absence plus the boost of more than 200 million fans will fuel the spirits of Brazil.
said: "Angela Merkel and us, we have a good relationship and an agreement that she does not advise me on the lineups and I do not advise her on political statements.
As well as coaxing some devastating displays from his players, Loew
appears to run a happy camp, something that has not always been the case in the past, even with successful German squads.
singled out 32-year-old Klose, whose two goals on his 100th cap took him level on 14 World Cup goals with German legend Gerd Muller and just one behind record holder Ronaldo of Brazil.
turned to the 30-year-old to succeed Philipp Lahm, who stepped down from international duty after skippering Germany to the World Cup title in July.
And if the Football Association and the Premier League needed any further evidence of why something about their relationship has to change now, it came from the lips of Germany coach Joachim Loew
Germany coach Joachim Loew
delayed the substitution and Gomez nearly got another goal before Klose finally came on in 80th and got to play on his 34th birthday.
GERMANY boss Joachim Loew
snubbed the mandatory FIFA pre-match conference last night after a row over training on the Mangaung Stadium pitch.
Meanwhile, the war of words between Pavlik's voluble trainer, Jack Loew
, and Enzo Calzaghe, the man behind Lockett, is adding spice to the pair's June 7 meeting.
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