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Manuel Neuer: 'Thomas Muller is key for Germany'

Germany keeper Manuel Neuer believes that Thomas Muller holds the key to his side's having a successful World Cup in Brazil after scoring four goals in his first three games.

Germany keeper Manuel Neuer believes that it is crucial for forward Thomas Muller to be available for all of his side's World Cup matches.

The Bayern Munich striker has scored four goals in his first three matches at the tournament, and his teammate feels that Joachim Low's side's past failures in major competitions have been down to the 24-year-old's absence.

Neuer told reporters: "[Muller] is at the top level. He comes alive in a World Cup. But in the last two major tournaments he did not start the semi-finals and on both occasions we lost the game.

"So we hope he will be okay and ready for the next games."

Germany take on Algeria in their second-round clash on Monday.

Thomas Mueller of Germany shoots and scores his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil group G match between the United States and Germany at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014
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