Before Germany’s 16-match against England on June 29 at Wembley, 31-year-old striker Thomas Mueller said the only dark spot in his glorious career was not scoring a goal against England in the European Championship.
After winning 29 trophies in his career, the Bayern striker said that although it is not “the most pressing issue” for him to score against England, he wants to fulfill his role in the national team, Xinhua reported.
“I am in a different role than my duties at the club, as I see myself more as a supportive force, initiating chances for others in the national team,” said the winner of the triple games for 2020.
Mueller added that he would like to score his first goal in euros against England, but his main goal is to win matches.
“In the national team, I may be more of a conductor and an assistant,” said the Bavarian icon.
Mueller said he would continue to “investigate all spaces (to score goals)”, but “perhaps not to the same extent as I do at my club”.
Achieving a good team performance will be the key to success when facing their opponents, as Germany strives to secure a quarter-final standings on Tuesday.
Mueller said he has fully recovered from a knee injury he suffered in the Group F match against Portugal. The Bayern striker had missed the starting eleven against Hungary and returned only in the last 25 minutes.
Mueller attended Germany’s training session on Saturday without showing any signs of discomfort. “I’m ready to be around for the game,” he said.
“The most important thing is to manage the game as a team, covering the whole field and always maintain stability and control of the game,” he said.
The Bayern striker said he had good memories of Wembley, such as “I won the Champions League 2013 there”. After scoring two goals against England at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, it may make him feel good, but it is “a thing of the past”.
“Against England we will not get many chances, I guess, but I see no problem to take the victory with one goal.”
He added that in order to defeat England, it takes “composure and perseverance to the last signal. From now on it is” do or die “