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The technical director of the German FA says that they will press on with their philosophy of encouraging young players of foreign heritage to represent Die Mannschaft

Matthias Sammer has confirmed that the German Football Association (DFB) will continue to select players of an immigrant background in the future.

The organisation's technical director claims their stance will not change, after recently becoming a source of great debate due to the heavy multi-cultural influence rooted within the national set-up at youth level.

"In dealing with our players of an immigrant background, the DFB will convey [to them] the seriousness, motivation and opportunities for advancement [in the set-up]," Sammer told Cologne Stadt Anzeiger.

"The feeling is there so therefore they are looking for their chance with the DFB. Nevertheless, the issue of poaching is dangerous, but as long as we are faced with talent, we will be vigilant and serious about the players who are fighting [for an opportunity]."

Sammer then pinpointed to the success of Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, who was born to Turkish parents but opted to play for Joachim Low's side.

However, the former Borussia Dortmund man insists that potential stars must also immerse themselves into German culture.

"[Ozil] is a role model for players with an immigrant background in Germany due to his efficiency and clear commitment to the DFB," said the 44-year-old.

"In addition to the integrating these young talents, good communication and mediation of German virtues are also needed."

Germany's 21-man team that travelled to the Under-17 World Cup in Mexico this year contained 11 players of an immigrant background, including eight of Turkish descent.