Jul 4, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
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Toni Kroos: 'Germany are better than France'

Germany's striker Miroslav Klose and midfielder Toni Kroos celebrate after the second goal for Germany during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group C qualifying football match of Germany vs Austria on September 6, 2013
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Toni Kroos is confident that Germany are a better team than France and will progress to the World Cup semi-finals if they perform close to their best at the Maracana.

Toni Kroos is confident that Germany are a better team than France and that it is just a matter of proving it in their World Cup quarter-final in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.

The two European heavyweights meet at a finals for the first time in 28 years at the Maracana.

Bayern Munich star Kroos was complimentary of the French, particularly in midfield, where they have the likes of Paul Pogba and Yohan Cabaye, but has no worries about Germany reaching the last four if they perform at close to their peak.

"France have a very strong midfield but if all of us deliver our best performance, then I believe we are the better team," Kroos told reporters.

"But we have to show that. It's going to be very important for us to have possession and to win the duels. Then, I believe we will really have a good opportunity to win."

Kroos has denied speculation that he has agreed to join Real Madrid after the World Cup.

Who will advance from the World Cup quarter-final clash between France and Germany?

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