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Lahm: European Championship disappointment has made Germany hungry

The Mannschaft skipper is hopeful that Joachim Low's side can make amends for its summer woes in Poland and Ukraine by getting back to winning ways as soon as possible

Captain Philipp Lahm is hoping Germany can put its Euro 2012 heartache behind it by kicking off its World Cup 2014 qualification campaign with maximum points.

Die Mannschaft face the Faroe Islands on Friday and Austria on Tuesday as they look to make amends for their semi-final defeat at the hands of Italy this summer.

And the Bayern Munich defender, who will make his 92nd appearance for his country against the Faroes, admitted that previous disappointments will spurs them on this time around.

"Of course, we are hungry. The exit at the European Championship was bitter, but waiting for us is a World Cup," he told reporters at a press conference. "We made mistakes against Italy. Now we have two years in which to remedy them. We want to take the next step and it is important to develop.

"We have to be organized, only then can we attack. We have practiced, but whether it works out 100 per cent tomorrow [Friday] is another matter."

Bundestrainer Joachim Low had recently revealed that Lahm will line up on the right-hand side of defense for the first qualifying fixture game, a move that is welcomed by the 28-year-old.

"I feel more comfortable on the right than on the left, so I'm glad that I can play there now," he added.

Meanwhile, Low himself was under no illusions as to what is expected from his side, especially after it notched up 10 wins from 10 in qualifying for the Euros.

"We are facing a new round of qualification matches," he said. "The last time we passed with flying colors, but I think it will be harder this time. Sweden, Ireland and Austria will demand something from us and clear victories are expected against the Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan.

"We want to win both our opening games to give us a good foundation to build on."

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