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'I would prefer England' - Lahm looks to avoid Italy in semifinals

The 28-year-old wants a repeat of the 2010 World Cup second round clash when Joachim Low's side hammered the Three Lions, who he believes are a much better team now

Germany skipper Philipp Lahm has stated he would like to face England in the semifinals of Euro 2012.

Joachim Low’s side cruised into the last four after defeating Greece 4-2 and will face the winner of the game between the Three Lions and Italy.

The Bayern Munich captain is hoping for a repeat of the second round match of the 2010 World Cup where the Germans hammered England 4-1, but made clear that Die Mannschaft are not taking anything for granted.

"I would prefer England. England are much better than in 2010 and so are Italy. All teams that make the semifinals are title contenders," he told reporters. "We know both teams, especially from 2006 and 2010. Both teams are strong opponents, but for sure they are not happy to play against us."

Lahm feels his team is still under pressure as it aims to reach the final of the competition, but the skipper is confident that the DFB Eleven can progress to the showpiece.

"We are still under pressure, because we want to reach the final on Sunday," he added. "We have a fantastic squad, and sensational quality. We have 23 very good players and everybody can play in this team.

Lahm then went on to comment on the leak of information about Germany's lineup ahead of the game against Greece, and made clear that such acts will not be tolerated.

"Every player has to know that he should not tell anybody the line-ups. I never do this. Not to my agent and not even to my wife."

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