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Posted on 20 June 2006  - 12:00

Lane legend Steffen Freund gives us his World Cup lowdown from Germany...

Lane legend Steffen Freund gives us his World Cup lowdown from Germany...

The midfielder played 131 times for us between 1999-2003 and was a member of the Germany squad that won Euro 96 in England. He also won the European Cup with Borussia Dortmund.

The fans favourite will be reporting from his home nation throughout the tournament...

ENGLAND and Germany play their final group games today and then both countries will know their destiny in the knockout stages. It looks like England and Sweden will both qualify – although I know Trinidad & Tobago could as well – and the attitude here in Germany is ‘let’s wait and see’ in terms of the second round. I expect Germany to beat Ecuador and top Group A and then we know we play the runners-up in Group B. That is likely to be whoever loses between England and Sweden and I don’t think fans here will mind that too much. I think England will top their group as well.

I HAVE to say I was a little disappointed again with England’s performance against Trindad & Tobago but the positives are two games, two wins, six points and you are through to the next round. I just see England as a squad with a lot of individual class but things don’t quite seem to be working as a team. An improved display and win against Sweden can quickly change things and England are capable of that. Things have to change from what we’ve seen so far, though.

I THOUGHT Germany produced a great team performance against Poland and deserved to win. There is so much positive feeling here now and people believe we can do well in the tournament. Personally, I think it’s a little too early because Poland and Costa Rica aren’t the best teams. As I said before, we should play either England or Sweden in the second round and we will then see if we are strong enough.

ITALY remain my favourites. I think the USA game was difficult for them on Saturday, the US were so strong from the first minute, fighting for every ball. There were three red cards and every one changed the game when it happened. I think it was inevitable that it ended in a draw, they both deserved a point. It was great to see my former Spurs team-mate Kasey Keller in such good form for USA, he made two or three excellent saves, no mistakes and it was typical of his experience.

I WILL be in Cologne for England’s match against Sweden but not in my pundit’s role for Germany TV – as a fan! I’ve got two tickets and I’m taking my son to the game. During my time at Spurs I got to love the mentality of the English game and English fans and I can’t wait to be part of it!