Germany exit has no bearing on England preparations - Southgate

Dean Simpson
June 30, 2018

Holding midfielder Sebastian Rudy had replaced Khedira in the team but suffered a broken nose in Germany's second match against Sweden and was not fit to play at the Kazan Arena even with a mask.

Mexico have been one of the biggest attractions of this World Cup.

"Don't mention the VAR", was a common refrain, while Brazilian media gleefully took their revenge for Brazil's 7-1 humiliation by Germany at the last World Cup in 2014.

Germany boss Joachim Low has admitted his shock at the reigning champions' World Cup exit after a stunning 2-0 defeat by South Korea.

Andres Guardado, who has been substituted after an hour of the first two matches, and Hector Herrera will be the two holding midfielders with Carlos Vela in front of them linking the midfielders to the attack.

South Korea goalkeeper Jo Hyun-woo makes a save from a shot by Germany's Leon Goretzka, hidden behind, during the group F match between South Korea and Germany at the World Cup match in Kazan on Wednesday.

"They are very important players, strategically and mentally", Son said.

It will be tough for Germany to re-group after this loss.

Though South Korea itself was knocked out, Mexicans flocked to the embassy to celebrate the Asian team. Clearly we expected this to be a long tournament for us.

A questionable celebration by German players near the Swedish bench added to the disappointment.

"We will decide tomorrow who is the most stable psychologically, feeling the least pressure, and he will wear the captain's armband". Andersson says, "It's important that we're able to move on after that".

Aeromexico offered a 20% discount on flights to South Korea, tweeting an image of a plane with doctored "AeroCorea" livery and the slogan, "We love you Korea!"

They followed that up by nearly drawing with Sweden, but for a wonder-strike by Toni Kroos at the death.

That assistance will be crucial against a talented but inconsistent Mexican side that has gone from beating Germany 1-0 in its opener to losing 3-0 to Sweden in its final group game.

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