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Tuesday, 20 Jun, 2017

The world champions did not bring the likes of Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller with them to Russian Federation, but Low's experimental team proved to be more-than-adequate replacements for this test as Lars Stindl, captain Julian Draxler and Leon Goretzka all found the net.

Wright, who made the move to Championship side Bristol City in January, is one of those in contention but recognises he needs to perform well to make the starting 11. Last week's 4-0 loss to Brazil hardly improved the mood.

"Being able to have the chance to get to that marker will be a massive honour in my career but, over time, I'd much prefer to take success in this competition because it's a massive competition", said Cahill, who vouched for Australia being revitalised under Postecoglou.

"I've been really happy [with the new system]".

And despite the shock start, Wright has the support of his teammates.

"We want to win it but that is not the end of it all", Loew said.

Julian Draxler is the most-experienced global in the squad and he led by example with a first-half goal. They seemed intrigued by the prospect of Kylian Mbappe's interest in joining (or replacing, perhaps) Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid. This side has seen the likes of Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Marco Reus and Mesut Ozil rested and this will dent the squad a little bit. This match will be the sixth meeting between the two teams with Germany winning three, losing one and drawing one.

"They're a good all-round team", the defender said.

"They're the kind of things we're going to have to measure as we go along, because we do have seven or eight that are at their first major tournament, that are going to have to play, there's no doubt about it". His aim is to help at least five players improve so that they can make an impact at the 2018 World Cup. Make no mistake, they are still a strong side, and other teams will fear the ever-so-brilliant German players in the Confederations Cup.

"From that point of view, I don't buy into any of that's a great game for us, we're playing against the world champions".

"Overall, it's disappointing. We didn't come here to lose games and we lost".

As for the established players, the coach's work is limited to administration, making minor adjustments and continuing the feel-good factor within the team says Bierhoff. "They are hungry, they want to win matches, have the courage to play attacking football".

The team's performances in Russian Federation this week will therefore set the tone for the remainder of Postecoglou's tenure - the manager has already signalled that he will step down when his contract expires in July 2018.