Loew targets key areas for Germany before Euro 2016

BERLIN: Germany’s Joachim Loew has targeted the areas where the world champions must improve for June’s European championships after their shock defeat to England and thrashing of Italy in friendlies.

The Germans threw away a two-goal lead in losing 3-2 to a spirited England side in Berlin on Saturday, but roared back with a 4-1 thrashing of the disappointing Italians in Munich on Tuesday.

Toni Kroos, Mario Goetze, Jonas Hector and Mesut Ozil put Germany 4-0 up before replacement Stephan El Shaarawy scored Italy’s late consolation goal.

Loew knows what needs to be done before Germany’s opening Euro 2016 game against Ukraine in Lille in Group C on June 12.

“Against England, we lost our discipline and concentration, plus our conviction in the final phase,” said Loew.

“It was better against Italy, but there were still things we have to work on.