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Ahead of England match, Germany’s Thomas Müller stresses his squad’s collective power

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Thomas Müller knows Germany is not defined by its individual stars.

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Rarely has an offensive player impact a team so much without filling up the scoresheet like Bayern Munich star Thomas Müller is able to do for his club and country.

With Germany at the European Championships, Müller has been an integral part of the squad’s complete game — not just its offense. The 31-year-old knows, however, that to beat England at Wembley Stadium, Die Mannschaft will need to band together.

“We’re in the round of 16. Personally, I had a very good experience with Wembley when we won the Champions League in 2013. We won against England in 2010, too. That has nothing to do with Tuesday’s game, but it might make some of us feel good,” said Müller at a press conference today (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia). “We are a team that can only be successful as a unit. We don’t have individual players that dominate the world of football. We have many team players who know how to make an important contribution. That is one of the strengths of Germany as a football nation.”

Müller also said he was proud of the way the team played defense, but knows it still has to sure a few things up.

“Defensively we did very well against France, you couldn’t see (Antoine) Griezmann and (Karim) Benzema at all. We are rarely outnumbered when conceding goals, but the positioning is not correct. One chance is often enough for the opponent. We’ll analyze everything and improve further,” Müller said.