Per Mertesacker delighted with strength of Germany squad

Per Mertesacker of Germany celebrates his team's second goal in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup match against Algeria on June 30, 2014
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Per Mertesacker pays tribute to the strength of Germany's World Cup squad ahead of the final against Argentina.

Germany defender Per Mertesacker has suggested that the World Cup squad is the strongest group of players he has seen.

Joachim Low's side booked their spot in Sunday's final with Argentina by thrashing Brazil 7-1 on Tuesday night, and Mertesacker believes that the number of options on offer to the manager has made the difference.

"We have one of the strongest squads I've ever played in," the Arsenal centre-back told reporters. "We have two excellent players for every position and everyone believes in each other.

"We have created excellent team spirit during the tournament and with those magnificent players growing up together it makes it easier."

Mertesacker may have to settle for a place on the bench this Sunday after being used as a substitute against Brazil.

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