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Schweinsteiger claims England must play more like Germany if they are to win a major tournament

Schweinsteiger claims England must play more like Germany if they are to win a major tournament

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The Bayern Munich midfielder believes the Three Lions have outstanding individuals but do not play as a team, and says they could learn a thing or two from Joachim Low's men

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger believes England must play more like a team if they are to end the hurt of 46 years since their last major tournament success.

At just 27-years-old, Schweinsteiger has already recorded two third place finishes and a runner-up spot at major tournaments, narrowly missing out on Euro 2008 glory at the hands of Spain.

The Bayern Munich midfielder was part of the team that emphatically knocked England out of the World Cup in 2010, and he believes the Three Lions could learn a thing or two from the Germans about playing like a team.

"England have very good individuals, but maybe they are not so good as a unit," Schweinsteiger told reporters.

"Look at Argentina in [the World Cup in] 2010. They had great individuals, but they didn’t play as a unit. Why did Dortmund win the championship here in Germany? Because they play as a team and maybe Bayern were more individuals.

"If England want to win something, they have to play as a unit, like the Germans do. When you see England play there are spaces that their players can run into that you have to cover if you want to win a game. And maybe England are not so good at covering those spaces. You have to cover every eventuality.

"We Germans, we never give up, we fight to the last. We just have that mentality. We give full effort, but we also have a playing quality. We have other attributes than character."

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