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Schweinsteiger: Time to seize glory

Midfielder fully fit and ready to take on Italy

ESPN staff

Bastian Schweinsteiger claims the time is right for Germany to beat Italy.

Germany have arguably been the most impressive side at Euro 2012, winning all four of their games, but they face a major test of their mettle against Italy.

For all their superb record at major championships, which includes three World Cup wins, Germany have never beaten Italy in a competitive match. That fact is something Schweinsteiger is aware of and keen to change.

"I have played a lot of matches this season, but facing Italy in this classic fixture is still a highlight of the season," Schweinsteiger said. "I have the feeling that the time has come to beat the next big nation. We have beaten England, Argentina, Holland and Brazil and now it is Italy's turn."

Germany's last major tournament success came at Euro 96 and Schweinsteiger feels they must turn their promise into a major title.

He said: "Since 2005 we have been on a constant upward curve. It is important that there is a philosophy and to follow that. We can all be happy to have such a good and successful national team. Of course, the culmination [a title] is still missing, but we are getting closer and closer."



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