In Summary
  • Joachim Loew has told his Germany side to prove themselves in Tuesday's friendly against France as the defending champions' sharpen their preparations for next year's World Cup.
  • Security will be tight in Cologne as the friendly takes place almost two years to the day since the Paris terror attacks of November 13 2015, when 130 people were killed and over 400 were injured.
  • On that night, three suicide bombers set off devices at the Stade de France during a France v Germany friendly and the shocked German players had to spend the night at the stadium during a security crackdown.

BERLIN

Joachim Loew has told his Germany side to prove themselves in Tuesday's friendly against France as the defending champions' sharpen their preparations for next year's World Cup.

Security will be tight in Cologne as the friendly takes place almost two years to the day since the Paris terror attacks of November 13 2015, when 130 people were killed and over 400 were injured.

On that night, three suicide bombers set off devices at the Stade de France during a France v Germany friendly and the shocked German players had to spend the night at the stadium during a security crackdown.

"Memories of that night still come back, it was a dramatic experience and one you would not want to experience again," said Loew on Monday.

"Over time, you can block it out. I don't feel unsafe and I have confidence in the security."

However, the pre-match focus in Cologne was on the football.

Loew is set to field first-choice midfielders Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos, who missed Friday's goalless draw against England at Wembley with a gastrointestinal infection.

"I want to see if certain players can prove themselves against the best," said Loew.

"The most important thing won't be the most important thing.

"Mistakes could be made, which will be learnt from.

"I want to try things out and make changes during the game.

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