Low motivated as ever as he approaches 100th Germany game

The 53-year-old will reach a century of matches in charge of the Nationalelf against Italy next week but maintains he is gunning for success heading into the World Cup
Joachim Low insists he is as motivated as ever as he prepares for 100th game in charge of Germany.

Low took full charge of the Nationalelf in July 2006 after Jurgen Klinsmann stepped down from the post, and guided the side to the final of Euro 2008 before semi-final places at both World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.

Although Low admits he is proud to have reached the milestone, he insists he is eager to add a trophy to his legacy with the national side as he begins preparations for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

"More important than this round number for me is that I still coach with the same joy, energy and motivation with the national team as I did in my first international game as a head coach more than seven years ago against Sweden," he told reporters.

"The anniversary is an occasion for me to thank you for the trust and support in recent years, especially DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach, Hansi Flick, Andreas Kopke, Oliver Bierhoff and Urs Siegenthaler.

"Of course I would also like to thank the players and the entire group behind the team, who together we have big goals.

"It is great that we continue on our path together."

Germany will take on Italy in Milan on November 15, before travelling to Wembley stadium for a date with England on the 19th, and Low is relishing the prospect of the two friendly encounters.

"Italy are tactically world class, and the national team still plays at a high level. The Italians are characterized by their cleverness and efficiency," he said.

"To play against this team was our desire, because we can only evolve if we face strong opponents.

"It's a dream to play at Wembley Stadium. It is a great experience to play there, as a similar atmosphere awaits us at the World Cup in Brazil.

"Games against our English friends are always prestigious duels with an explosive atmosphere. For us it is an emotional conclusion to a year in which we clinched the World Cup qualifiers with confidence."