Schweinsteiger boost for Germany

Midfielder fit to take on Azzurri in semi-final

Bastian Schweinsteiger: Has confirmed he will be fit to face Italy

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Germany have received a boost ahead of Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final with the news midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will be fit to face Italy.

Schweinsteiger complained of a sore ankle after the last-eight win over Greece on Friday.

However, the Bayern Munich man has shrugged off the problem and will take his place in the Germany side aiming to record their first competitive win over Italy.

"I am 100 per cent fit and very much looking forward to the game," he said. "I have trained twice fully and I feel good."

Coach Joachim Low is expected to bring back Arsenal new-boy Lukas Podolski, Thomas Muller and tournament top scorer Mario Gomez after surprisingly leaving all three players out of his starting line-up last time out.

Decision

Low's decision to rest the trio raised an eyebrow.

But the Germany coach, whose side are on a world record run of 15 successive wins in competitive matches, is unrepentant.

"I don't make my decisions dependent on what could happen," he said. "I made my decision based on my own conviction.

"Before the Greece game I had the feeling in the last third of the game we had the right players who could play well against their defence."