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‘Terrorists don’t scare Germany’s Mannschaft’

Thomas Müller says the Germany squad remains unfazed by the threat of terrorism ahead of Saturday's high-profile friendly against England in Berlin in the wake of the Brussels attacks.

'Terrorists don't scare Germany's Mannschaft'
Germany players warming up at training on Tuesday. From left to right: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Müller, Mario Götze, Mario Gomez. Photo: DPA

The world champions host Roy Hodgson's Three Lions on Saturday with a crowd of around 72,000 expected at Berlin's Olympic Stadium before the Germans play Italy four days later in Munich.

Security will be tight for both games in the wake of Tuesday's bomb attacks on Brussels' airport and metro system which killed 31 people.

“What is happening here in Europe at the moment is unusual,” said Müller.

“We feel that we are well protected, but of course anything can always happen.

“However, we are convinced the security forces are doing a good job.”

Germany were affected by the terror attacks last November in Paris having had to spend the night in the Stade de France after their 2-0 defeat to the French.

Then four days later, their home friendly against the Netherlands in Hanover was called off on police advice amidst fears of an attack.

Germany will be without captain and Manchester United star Bastian Schweinsteiger against both England and Italy after again tearing the medial ligament in his right knee having suffered the same injury in January.

The 31-year-old faces a race against time to be fit for the European championships, which start on June 10.

“It's bitter news for him and also for us,” added Müller.

“I hope, that he will be fit as soon as possible.

“Basti still has time before the European championships and it will be important to have our captain on board.”

Schweinsteiger's midfield partner Toni Kroos of Real Madrid is backing his captain to get himself fit for France.

“It's bitter for Basti, but it's not his first injury and I think we can compensate without him and he has often already made a comeback,” said Kroos.

Regardless of who plays against England and Italy, the world champions are looking forward to testing themselves against two contenders for the Euro 2016 title.

“These games against England and Italy will be a good test for us and we're looking forward to them,” said Müller.

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British football teams allowed to skip Germany’s quarantine for Euro 2020

Germany's government announced on Tuesday it will allow England, Scotland and Wales to enter the country without quarantine to play at Euro 2020 despite a recent rise in cases linked to the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Britain.

British football teams allowed to skip Germany's quarantine for Euro 2020
One of the venues for Euro 2020 is in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

The three teams could potentially reach the quarter-final held in Munich on July 2nd.

If that were the case, they would be exempt from the rule that travellers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland must currently observe a 14-day isolation period due to the virus strain of concern – Delta – first identified in India.

“The people accredited for the European football Championship are exempt from the quarantine obligation, even after arriving from an area impacted by a variant” Berlin said in a statement.

“This exemption concerns all the people who have been accredited by the organising committee for the preparation, participation, the holding and the follow-up of international sporting events,” it added.

The exemption does not include fans, who will be obliged to follow German government self-isolation rules.

Germany declared the UK a ‘virus variant area of concern’ on May 23rd due to rising cases linked to the Delta variant in parts of the country. 

READ ALSO: Germany makes UK ‘virus variant area of concern’: How does it affect you?

This reclassification came just seven days after the UK was put back on Germany’s list at the lowest risk level, and barely a month after it was taken off all risk lists completely.

The ban was put in place despite the UK’s relatively low Covid rates as a precautionary measure.

A general ban on entry is in place for people coming from countries on the ‘virus variant’ list – such as India and Brazil – the highest of Germany’s risk categories. 

There are some exceptions for entering from these countries – for example German residents and citizens. However, anyone who does enter from Germany is required to submit a Covid-19 test before boarding the flight and must quarantine for 14 days on arrival, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

READ ALSO: Germany’s new relaxed quarantine and testing rules after travel

Euro 2020 starts on Friday as Italy host Turkey in Rome with the Bavarian city hosting three group games as well as the last-eight match.

Around 14,000 fans will be allowed into the Allianz Arena for the fixtures.

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