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The Borussia Dortmund man was confident about his national team's chances of qualifying from their group, while Benedikt Howedes is eager to face his Schalke team-mates

Germany defender Marcel Schmelzer was in a confident mood about his side's chances of progression to the knockout stages of the World Cup after Friday's draw in Brazil.

Group G sees the 2010 semi-finalists pitted against Portugal, Ghana and the United States, but Schmelzer did not appear too concerned at their prospects, instead expressing his eagerness to face former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Kevin-Prince Boateng.

"It is an exciting group, but I do not rate it as the most difficult one in the tournament," he said to SID.

"My highlight is the match against Ghana. I have a lot of friends from Ghana and I will meet my old teammate Kevin-Prince Boateng."

However, Schmelzer did warn about the danger of facing Cristiano Ronaldo, whose four goals in the two-legged playoff against Sweden saw his Portugal side navigate passage into the finals.

"Cristiano Ronaldo recently proved that he is in the form of his life," he cautioned.

Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes expects it to be an open group and is eagerly anticipating the meeting between club-mates Boateng and USA's Jermaine Jones.

"It's a very good, balanced group. I think that all four teams cam progress," he said.

"The matches against Jermaine and Prince will of course be something special."

The full draw with all 32 teams can be found here.

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