German defender Jerome Boateng has declared himself ready for the quarter-final clash against Italy at the ongoing Euro 2016 despite nursing a calf injury.
The 27-year-old was substituted late in the victories over Northern Ireland and Slovakia but he is confident of being fully fit to take on the Azzurri in the quarter-finals in Bordeaux on Saturday.
“My calf is fine,” he said. “It won’t be an issue. I will go into this game like any other.
“The yellow card doesn’t play a role. We’re looking forward to the football getting back underway.
“It’s going to be a heck of a game. We want to leave the pitch as winners.”
On his part, Toni Kroos predicted a tough battle for the World are in for a difficult contest against Antonio Conte’s well-drilled side.
“It will be our toughest game so far,” he said.
“I’m really looking forward to it. We’re in good shape at the moment.”