Schurrle: World Cup pressure not a problem for Germany

The Chelsea midfielder insists that his team-mates do not feel weighed down by the expectations of their nation and is convinced they can triumph in Brazil

Andre Schurrle has insisted that Germany can succeed at the World Cup this summer despite the huge pressure on the team.

Joachim Low’s men are one of the favourites to reign victorious at the tournament in Brazil and are on course to claim the title having reached the quarter-final stage.

However, the team's progression through competition has not been straightforward, with Low's side facing heavy criticism for their performance level in the 2-1 extra-time win over Algeria in the last 16.

But Schurrle – who scored the opening goal against the north Africans – says his compatriots do not feel weighed down by the expectations of their nation and are confident in their chances.

"When you come to a World Cup with Germany you are expected to win it," he told reporters.

"We don't come here just to take part. When you have this team with these players, everyone in our country and all around the world has big expectations of us.

"This is always the way. We have big ambitions and we have that feeling more than ever now that we are into the last eight."

Low has been boosted by the news that defender Mats Hummels looks likely to recover from flu in time for Germany’s quarter-final clash against France after the Borussia Dortmund man declared himself close to full fitness.

Hummels wrote on his Twitter account: "Almost back at 100 per cent."

Germany are also hopeful of having Lukas Podolski available after he was sidelined against Algeria with a thigh problem.