Gotze is still a very important player for Germany - Low

The 23-year-old has found it difficult to feature regularly for Bayern Munich through injury this season but his national team manager insists he remains key for his country

Germany coach Joachim Low has stressed Bayern Munich attacker Mario Gotze remains a key figure for the reigning world champions as they prepare for Euro 2016.

Gotze has been struggling to secure regular first-team action at Bayern this campaign, partially due to injury, making just 12 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga leaders in 2015-16.

He recently resumed regular training after overcoming a hamstring problem, but has featured just once since re-joining his team-mates at Bayern.

However, Gotze has been assured that he still has a big role to play for Germany in France this summer.

"We are counting on Mario for the European Championship," Low said at a news conference ahead of the friendly against England.

"He is a very important player for us. I know what he is capable of.

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"His attitude is great and he is part of our plans.

"Mario has some incredible technical skills. He is very refined and can decide matches."

Low left Gotze's Bayern team-mate Joshua Kimmich out of his squad for the friendlies against England and Italy, but he revealed the 21-year-old is still in contention for a place in his Euro 2016 squad.

"Our planning for the Euros is underway. I have a number of young players from the Under-21 squad on my list," he added.

"Kimmich has already shown what he can do in a number of positions. I see a future for him in a central role, either in central midfield or at centre-back.

"There is a lot of competition for places. Some of our youngsters are pushing hard for a place in the squad."