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Euro Cup 2012: Loew looking to field strongest line-up as he eyes top spot in Group of Death

Last Updated: Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 13:33

Lviv: Joachim Low has pledged to choose his strongest Germany starting line-up in Sunday`s Euro 2012 clash with Denmark.

The Mannschaft need just one point to clinch top spot in Group B, but the trainer is taking nothing for granted.

Low declined to confirm that he will use the same starting XI - with the exception of the suspended Jerome Boateng - that featured in Germany`s previous matches against Portugal and Netherlands, but will only make alterations that he believes will be to the benefit of the team.

"We all know that this game will be incredibly difficult, I will not give anyone the day off," he said.

"If I decide to replace a player and put another in, I will only do it for one reason - if I think that in this match it`s the right decision."

"But I won`t just take out two players for the sake of it."

Low declined to reveal who would replace Boateng at right-back, stating that Benedikt Howedes and Lars Bender are both candidates for the role. However, the trainer backed centre forward Mario Gomez, who has made an early charge for the tournament`s Golden Boot award with three goals.

"He is doing very very well at the moment, but also has during the whole year," Low said. "In the Bundesliga, he scored an incredible number of goals for Bayern Munich.

"I assume that from tomorrow he`ll play from the start."

However, Low was quick to praise veteran Miroslav Klose, thus far Gomez`s back-up in the striker position.

"In Klose and Gomez we have two world class players, and that is fantastic," he said.

Low`s pledge to use his strongest squad comes as Germany stand in a position in which their result will impact on whether Denmark or Netherlands qualify for the knockout rounds.

But Low claims he will pay little attention to the other game and will focus on securing three points.

"It`s not our ambition to help another team. The only thing that interests us is that we make it to the next round and finish first in the group. Which other team makes it doesn`t matter," he explained.

Germany stand atop Group B with six points, three ahead of Denmark and Portugal, and six clear of Netherlands.

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First Published: Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 13:39

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