Ozil 'convinced' Germany can win Euro 2012

The 23-year-old has talked up his side's chances of winning the prestigious competition and ending a title drought which stretches back to 1996
Real Madrid attacker Mesut Ozil believes that Germany will end a 16-year title drought at Euro 2012.

Die Mannschaft are widely regarded as one of the strongest contenders for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine after an impressive qualifying campaign which saw them win all 10 matches.

After a runners-up finish to Spain in Austria and Switzerland in 2008, Ozil thinks that Germany can go all the way and win their first trophy since Euro 1996 in England.

"We were quite close before and hopefully it will work this time," he told Uefa.com.

"Our goal is to get the title and I am convinced we can achieve that."

Germany have been drawn in the same group as Portugal, Denmark and the Netherlands for Euro 2012, and Ozil admitted that this summer's showpiece event has been a major talking point inside Madrid's dressing room.

"Of course the German and Portuguese players talked about it after the draw," he said.

"They have a lot of respect for Germany, and there are a few jokes during training with the Portuguese colleagues.

"We tell them we will beat them, they say they will beat us, and so on. We are looking forward to this challenge; our goal is to be successful, and we will give everything for that."

Germany begin their Euro 2012 campaign against Portugal on June 9 at the Arena Lviv.