I don't care where I play as long as Germany are successful, insists makeshift right-back Bender

The 23-year-old midfielder had not played in defence since his youth and revealed that the experiment had been tried during die Mannschaft's tournament preparations
Lars Bender insisted that he had no issue with being deployed at right-back in in Sunday evening's 2-1 victory over Denmark, explaining that he does not care where he plays as long as Germany win.

The Bayer Leverkusen ace is a midfielder by trade, but was utilised at the back during the game in Lviv and as well as looking defensively sound, the 23-year-old popped up with the winning goal.

Bender, who featured as a substitute in his country's previous two Group B outings against Portugal and the Netherlands, revealed that Joachim Low's decision to switch him to right-back had not come as a surprise.

"That is not my position but I played there during the entire build-up," the former 1860 Munich man told ARD.

"I should be humble. What is important is the team and that we continue to be successful. We have a positive spirit in our team.

"Apart from the goal, starting my first game [at the Euros] was something special. But I am happy I could score. That is, of course, a nice present."

Having topped their group with a 100 per cent winning record, Germany will now take on Greece in the last eight.

Who do you think should be Goal.com International's World Player of the Week this week? Leave your nomination in the comments section of THIS article between 10.00 every Sunday and 11.00CET every Monday. We will include some of the best suggestions in our winners piece.