Spain's Vicente del Bosque: We would like to avoid Germany in the Euro 2012 group stage

The national team coach feels that the Nationalelf are one of the strongest teams in the competition and would not mind steering clear of them in the draw
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has made it clear that he would rather not meet Germany in the group stage of next year's European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

The 2010 World Cup winners are top seeds, alongside Netherlands and the two host nations, during Friday's draw in Kiev and Del Bosque hopes that his team will not be paired with the Nationalelf from the second pot.

"A team we'd like to avoid in the group stage? I'd have to say Germany. They have made a lot of progression since the World Cup in South Africa. They have a great coach and some very good players," Del Bosque was quoted as saying by AS.

The Spain boss then went on to discuss Italy's chances of winning the tournament and stressed that Cesare Prandelli's men will be ready when it really matters.

"Tradition says they [Italy] are always competitive. They get up quickly after a blow. They will be up there," he told AS.

Del Bosque also talked about England and had nothing but positive words for the 1966 world champions.

"I was surprised England had to fight to the end for qualification; individually they have extraordinary players," he said. "They're a team with extraordinary potential, they're much more than what we saw when we met them at Wembley."

England beat Spain 1-0 in an international friendly in London last month.

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