“I’m sorry but quite honestly I don’t care what others say.
“And that mustn’t influence me during this tournament.
“There are always people who tell us their opinion, usually negative. I don’t know if they have to or not.
“If a former player or anyone else wants to be in the headlines – that bounces off me. As I said: The manager’s opinion counts, Mr Low tells me the truth and what is wrong or right,” he said
Germany sit top of Group C with four points, three from a win over Ukraine and one from the 0-0 draw with Poland. The team will need a victory over Northern Ireland to cement a first place finish and raise their hopes of making it past the second round.
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