DFB director Oliver Bierhoff has sworn in the German national team for a successful season in the Nations League. “The Nations League is enormously important. You notice in discussions with UEFA that it has really gained in importance, also in prestige. It’s a very interesting competition,” Bierhoff said at the end of the short training camp in Marbella.

For the German Football Association (DFB), the matches against European champions Italy (4 and 14 June), European Championship runners-up England (7 June) and Hungary (11 June) are “important from several aspects”, Bierhoff said: “The most important thing is that we take another step forward as a team. This is the first acid test towards the World Cup. The second thing is that we want to survive in the group. If we were to be relegated, that would be damaging to our image and to the sport, and we want to avoid that.”

The group winner qualifies for the final tournament of the best four teams. “You have seen that the Final Four is an interesting competition that the players want to play,” said the 1996 European champion.