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Loew wary of England's Sturridge

GERMANY coach Joachim Loew is wary of the threat England striker Daniel Sturridge could pose his side on the counter-attack.

Sturridge will start up front for Roy Hodgson's men in tonight's friendly at Wembley, and Loew believes the pacy 24-year-old is a danger when breaking from defence.

Low believes England should look to make the most of their Liverpool frontman's speed on the break.

"I don't think that you should compare club and national teams," said Loew.

"But at the same time I think England are very good at that. If you look at (Wayne) Rooney dropping deep, (Theo) Walcott and Sturridge, they are very good on the counter-attack."

Challenging Germany to sharpen their finishing after Friday's 1-1 draw with Italy, Loew added: "We must improve our play in the final third. We lacked efficiency against Italy, missing the clinical precision needed at the level."




Italy coach Cesare Prandelli felt his team deserved more than a draw in last night's international friendly against Nigeria in London.

Giuseppe Rossi put Italy ahead but goals from Bright Dike and Shola Ameobi saw Africa Cup of Nations champions Nigeria leading at the interval.

However, Emanuele Giaccherini made it 2-2 soon after the re-start to ensure the Azzurri avoided defeat in their last game of 2013.

Prandelli felt they should have signed off the year with a win, saying: "We have played a great game. We created so many goalscoring chances."