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The midfielder believes he could start in the final Group A game on Tuesday after recovering from an ankle injury and insists the Germans are aiming to win next year's tournament

Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil has confirmed that he hopes to be fit to face Belgium on Tuesday in his nation's final Euro 2012 qualifier.

The Real Madrid star missed Friday's 3-1 away win over Turkey after injuring his Achilles tendon on club duty in La Liga, and was replaced by Mario Gotze.

However, with the Dortmund youngster expected to be rested in midweek, Ozil hopes to return to the starting line-up in Dusseldorf.

"I think I can play against Belgium. The medical department of the federation has given me specific treatment and the discomfort in my Achilles tendon has gone," the 22-year-old is reported as saying in Marca.

"I will take the decision together with the coach and practice on Monday and Tuesday, but I hope I will be [okay to play]."

Ozil also confirmed that he came close to playing against Turkey until coach Joachim Low decided that it was not worth taking the risk.

"Everyone who knows me knows I want to play every game, either for Madrid or the national side. In addition, Friday's game was very important for me," he added.

"I spoke in the morning with the coach and told him that despite the pain, I was willing to play. He told me that we had already qualified for the Euros and it wasn't worth the risk."

The former Werder Bremen player also spoke of his expectations for next summer's tournament, to be held in Poland and Ukraine.

"Our aim is the title. We have to work 100 per cent in every game and be very focused if we want to make our dream come true," he concluded.

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