Schweinsteiger spurred on by Germany pressure

The midfielder is thrilled to be on the brink of reaching 100 caps for his country but is determined to emulate his success at club level by winning the World Cup.
Bastian Schweinsteiger admits the pressure to succeed with Germany is spurring the side on ahead of the World Cup next summer.

Victory against Republic of Ireland on Friday will seal Joachim Low's side's place in Brazil 2014, with many earmarking the Nationalelf as one of the pre-tournament favorites to lift the prize next summer.

Schweinsteiger, who is on the brink of reaching 100 caps for his side, is determined to end Germany's 23-year wait for a title and believes his remarkable achievements with Bayern Munich will inspire him at international level.

"The expectations towards the German national team are much higher now compared to my debut year of 2004," he told a press conference. "But that's a good sign because it shows we've had some success lately. And it spurs you on, it is a challenge.

"You really take a lot out of that [the treble for Bayern last season]. Now you know how you can reach such success."

Schweinsteiger is delighted to be back in the Germany set up having missed the team's previous outings due to injury, but has warned that Republic of Ireland will pose a stern test on Friday.

"It feels perfect to be back. My body feels great, the injuries are behind me now," said the midfielder.

"It's not going to be easy. The Irish fight tirelessly for their home country, you don't often see it to that extent. Football wise they might not be as strong as Argentina or Spain, but their heart is in the right place and they always give everything."

The 29-year-old will reach 100 caps for his country should he feature against the Boys In Green and Sweden next Tuesday, and while he admits it will be a special achievement, he is determined to add a trophy to his international legacy.

"Of course it's something special," he added. "One hundred international matches, that's nothing you take for granted. But I do hope there will be a lot more - and hopefully some success.

"[Winning the World Cup] is my goal - and we can surely reach it some day."

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