Euro 2016 qualifiers: Germany wary of threat posed by rejuvenated Scotland

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Euro 2016 qualifiers: Germany wary of threat posed by rejuvenated Scotland

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Fresh off the back of a 4-2 defeat in a friendly against Argentina this week, Germany will be looking to win their first Euro 2016 qualifier.

This year’s World Cup winners will play Scotland on Sunday evening (September 7), in the start of their quest for another major competition win.

But with several recent changes in the squad’s dynamics, the match may prove challenging.

German coach Joachim Löw thinks Scotland will be a force to contend with.

“They are playing the world champions,” he said. “And I think we know enough about the mentality of the British teams. They have unbelievably high motivation, they’re really engaged, they like to run and have strong physicality because they are always present in the attacks.”

Scotland didn’t qualify for the World Cup in Brazil, so should be quite fresh going into the match, and could well give Germany a run for their money.

Coach Gordon Strachan has recently turned the side around; the Scots are currently on a six-match unbeaten run, going back to September 2013.

The side will be captained by Darren Fletcher, who had been away from the helm for two years due to illness.

“We know what to expect from Germany. Yeah, they’ve got a few players (who) may be retired and a few players missing, but the strength and depth they’ve got in their squad… We’re expecting a fully fit, top class Germany team and I think to prepare for it any differently would be a big mistake,” Fletcher said ahead of the match.

Qualifiers: Sunday, September 7

As Germany play Scotland in Dortmund, Georgia and Ireland will go head to head in Tbilisi and Gibraltar will play Poland in the Algarve, Portugal.

Group F will see Hungary go head-to-head with Northern Ireland, and the Faroe Islands face Finland, while 2004 winners Greece will go up against Romania.

While four of the five Group I teams will play their opening qualifiers on Sunday. Denmark will face Armenia and Portugal, minus Ronaldho, will play Albania.