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France: Low and Kroos confident ahead of France semi-final showdown04:16

France: Low and Kroos confident ahead of France semi-final showdown

France, Marseille
July 6, 2016 at 07:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

German national football manager Joachim Low and star player Toni Kroos spoke to the press at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, Wednesday, ahead of their UEFA European Championships semi-final match there against hosts France on Thursday evening.

"Certainly we have a lot of respect for the French team. They have improved during the tournament, they have individual quality, that's what we have seen. I don't think we are afraid of them," said Real Madrid star Kroos.

"But we know it will be very good opposition we are going to play against."

Low added: "I don't think we are favourites. We are not playing against the team but against the whole country. After the victory against Iceland they [France] are very self-confident. That's what we have felt and I think that was really visible in the euphoria you could see in the team and the whole country."

France: Low and Kroos confident ahead of France semi-final showdown04:16
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German national football manager Joachim Low and star player Toni Kroos spoke to the press at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, Wednesday, ahead of their UEFA European Championships semi-final match there against hosts France on Thursday evening.

"Certainly we have a lot of respect for the French team. They have improved during the tournament, they have individual quality, that's what we have seen. I don't think we are afraid of them," said Real Madrid star Kroos.

"But we know it will be very good opposition we are going to play against."

Low added: "I don't think we are favourites. We are not playing against the team but against the whole country. After the victory against Iceland they [France] are very self-confident. That's what we have felt and I think that was really visible in the euphoria you could see in the team and the whole country."