Low: Germany deserved Wembley win

The Germany coach said his side earned its 1-0 win over England at Wembley on Tuesday, adding that he is going into 2014 with a "quiet confidence."

Germany coach Joachim Low was pleased with his side's performance in a 1-0 win over England at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday, saying the visitors got the result they deserved.

Per Mertesacker scored the game's only goal in the 39th minute to see Germany to victory as both teams continued preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Low said his team should have wrapped up the result with a second goal but was nonetheless satisfied.

"Over the 90 minutes we deserved to win this game. We had a good grip on the game," he said. "What we missed was converting a few chances on the break, especially in the second half, to seal the game earlier than we did.

"I was annoyed at times because we really squandered our chances, many of them when we should have extended our lead much earlier – especially when England were open in defense, we should have scored that second goal."

Low described Arsenal defender Mertesacker as a "pillar of strength," but was full of praise for his whole team. Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Muller were among several squad members to play no part after featuring in Germany's 1-1 draw against Italy on Friday.

"I can approach 2014 with a sense of quiet confidence," Low said. "Many of the players who I wanted to test here today can be proud to have withstood the pressure of playing against such a great crowd."