Stindl out to make an impact
Lars Stindl says he and his Germany colleagues want to use the Confederations Cup to prove themselves at the top level.
The tournament gets underway on Saturday but Die Mannschaft have to wait until Monday before they get to take to the field to face Australia in Sochi.
Joachim Low has selected an inexperienced squad for the tournament, choosing to leave some of his established names such as Toni Kroos, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng at home in order to give a number of his country's youngsters a chance to shine.
For all of us, it is a big deal to be playing for Germany at this tournament.Lars Stindl
Stindl is hardly a new kid on the block at the age of 28 but has been rewarded for a fine season with Borussia Monchengladbach by being handed a place in the squad.
After recently making his competitive debut against San Marino, the playmaker will be looking to shine in Russia, especially with the World Cup less than 12 months away.
Despite a number of his country's stars being absent, Stindl is confident he and his colleagues can make an impact at the tournament.
"Although it is not the World Cup or the Euros, the tournament is still a highlight for all of us," he said. "The whole world will be watching and the best teams from each continent take each other on.
"For all of us, it is a big deal to be playing for Germany at this tournament. Everyone wants to put in a good account of themselves and also to perform well to show we can be relied upon in future."
Die Mannschaft are 4/11 to win on Monday, with the draw 9/2 and the Socceroos 17/2.
Germany are 7/10 to win the Confederations Cup.
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