Neuer: Squad depth vital for Germany

The Bayern Munich goalkeeper refuted speculation that some of the players were unhappy at being unable to force their way into Joachim Low's starting XI
Manuel Neuer believes Germany's squad depth will prove to be their biggest asset at Euro 2012, quashing rumours that some players were unhappy at being made to watch from the sidelines.

There had been speculation that some members of Joachim Low's squad have kicked up a fuss at being confined to the substitutes' bench, but Neuer insists everybody has maintained a high level of professionalism.

"Of course we're all professionals, and a lot of players that we have here might have deserved to play thus far," he told reporters. "We have, compared to 2010, improved the squad with players that are key players in the Bundesliga. It's hard for them because they have to sit on the bench.

"They give their all in training, they're always ready to come in. We saw what happened when [Jerome] Boateng couldn't play, and [Lars] Bender came in [and scored]."

He was also full of praise for Polish-born striking duo Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose, who have helped the rest of the squad become acclimatised in their homeland this summer.

"Well you can notice that they talk a lot with the hotel employees, and sometimes translate for us," he said. "They are happy that they can speak in Polish and have a lot of contact with their fellow nationals here."

The giant shot-stopper also stated that he would be prepared to offer advice to Mario Gomez, who has scored three times already this summer.

"If he explicitly asks me, yes I think I can help him," Neuer said. "But that is also the role of the goalkeeping coach. Andi Kopke can give some excellent advice to our attackers."

Neuer also highlighted the threat of Greece's Theofanis Gekas, who he compared to a former East and unified Germany international.

"With him the main thing you notice is that he can get something out of a situation. He always stands in the right place at the right time. I can compare him with Ulf Kirsten. He takes his chances.

"The important thing is that we have many people at the back against him. When we go forward, we have to mark the man at the back. We always need to have a man near him."