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Liverpool legend Hamann slams quality of Germany team

Liverpool hero Didi Hamann has slammed the quality of Germany's World Cup squad.

Hamann was in the 2002 team, a beaten finalist in Yokohama as Rudi Voller's side came up against the brilliance of the Brazilian Ronaldo.

The former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder has been monitoring the progress of Joachim Low's team in Brazil, but isn't convinced they have the qualities to reach the final.

He told the Daily Mail: "I'm still cautious about Germany because in the previous three tournaments they had better teams than this one and didn't win any of them.

"Bastian Schweinsteiger has had a lot of problems with injuries and if he doesn't perform then Germany cannot win the World Cup - it really is as simple as that.

"If you look at the bench they have no experience. They have a team with six or seven players with less than five caps each.

"They have options with Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze, but they are missing the Bender twins.

"This is a difficult tournament for Germany to win because their route to the final is probably France, then Brazil, then Argentina or Holland in the Maracana.

"It is seven games of high intensity and the players have to perform at their very best.

"Look at Neymar - he is 22 years old and everyone in Brazil is putting pressure on him to win the World Cup and he has to handle that after a very difficult first season with Barcelona."

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