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Germany can find hope in France defeat

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Germany won't let injuries affect Euro 2016 campaign - Joachim Low

Germany's hopes of winning Euro 2016 have not been affected by ongoing injury problems, coach Joachim Low has said.

Low's side have been struggling with fitness problems in recent weeks, with Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus both ruled out of their second consecutive major international tournament, while Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mats Hummels have yet to return to full fitness.

The latest blow came on Tuesday, when Antonio Rudiger tore his anterior cruciate ligament and had to depart the Germany squad.

Germany have also struggled in their friendlies this year, suffering defeats against England and Slovakia, although they did beat Italy and Hungary.

However, Low says the 2014 World Cup winners will not let such problems get in the way of having a successful campaign in France.

Joachim Low has lost a number of players to injury.

"Indeed, we have to do without players who have certainly played an important role in our plans a few weeks ago," Low told a news conference. "It's clear that I would have liked to have the squad I wished for a few months ago. But we will not moan. We have a very god team, I absolutely trust my players.

"We won't downgrade our claims, our goals will not be altered."

Low spoke of the importance of Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos to the team, while adding that the Germany players' council -- consisting of Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels and Kroos -- will form the "axis" on the pitch.

"Kroos is our anchor on the field, he has qualities a midfielder needs," Low said. "[Those] players are high up in the hierarchy."

Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.

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