EURO 2012: Germany's Class of 2010 ready to test Danes
GDANSK: Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has said Germany's rising stars have learnt a few lessons from the 2010 World Cup as they look to down Denmark today to reach the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.
Worryingly for their Euro rivals, Schweinsteiger says the Germans are eager to play more of the high-tempo attacking football they have built a reputation for in their quest to win a fourth European crown.
As one of the team's senior statesmen having made his debut just before Germany's unsuccessful Euro 2004 campaign, Schweinsteiger is playing his third European championships, but he says the foundations of the current Euro success were laid at the 2010 World Cup.
Germany finished third in South Africa by playing an eye-catching brand of attacking football, which yielded knock-out wins over England and Argentina before losing to Spain in the semi-finals, to eventually finish third.
Schweinsteiger says he feels the Germans have added patience and the ability to control a game's tempo to their attacking prowess and solid defence.
"I think the 2010 World Cup tournament did us the world of good," said the 27-year-old, who has made 92 appearances for his country, scoring 23 goals.
"Many of the new guys earned a wealth of experience and sometimes that it might be a good idea to take a small break with the ball at your feet and let the opponent do the running.
"What we did (against the Dutch) is play well-time passes and avoided doing anything which could be energy sapping.
"We hope in the future we can play more attractive, free-flowing football which Germany is now known for.
"But even the Denmark game will be far from easy, they will be sitting deep and patience will be the name of the game. It is something we have learned."
Germany carried their World Cup form into their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign as they finished with 10 wins from 10 matches.
Two years ago in South Africa several rising stars came of age with midfielders Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller, who won the golden boot, and Manuel Neuer cementing their places as the Germans finished third. AFP