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Lahm: We're fired up

Schweinsteiger still fighting for fitness

Bastian Schweinsteiger missed Germany squad training on Wednesday, still suffering from a bruised calf sustained in the Champions League final. The midfielder is unlikely to feature in a warm-up meeting with Israel in Leipzig on Thursday evening. “But it shouldn't be a big problem for the Euro," said team manager Oliver Bierhoff, “we're totally confident it'll work out, and we're counting him in for the first group match."

The Germans open their European championship campaign against Portugal on 9 June. Schweinsteiger will not have played competitively before then, although he is the only man in the 23-strong squad still fighting for fitness. Following Thursday's match, the Germans will work out in Leipzig on Friday, before the players enjoy a couple of rest days with their families. The three-time European championship winners move to their tournament base in Gdansk on Monday.

Tough preparation phase

Coach Joachim Löw then supervises the most important few days of the pre-tournament period. “The week in Poland will be very, very important," he said, horribly aware of the lack of time prior to the start of the tournament. The eight FCB men only joined up with their international team-mates last Saturday due to their Champions League commitments.