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Germany v England

Podolski: No reason to fear England

June 26, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Germany striker Lukas Podolski claims his side will have no fear when they face old rivals England in the second round of the World Cup on Sunday.

Lukas Podolski: Fully focused
GettyImages / DougPensingerLukas Podolski: Fully focused

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The two teams meet in Bloemfontein and Podolski expects Fabio Capello's England to raise their game with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.

"It would be a terrible mistake to underestimate them just because they had a few problems in their group," Podolski told FIFA.com. "They may well raise their game for the knockout matches."

"They may well be saying: 'Our tournament starts for real now'. So we need to be very cautious. We'll focus completely on them as we prepare over the next few days.

"We have no need to be in awe, and we certainly have no reason to fear them. We respect them of course, but we're not afraid."