Low - We will bounce back

Germany boss takes positives from Euro 2012 despite defeat

Joachim Low: Believes Germany can push on and continue to develop

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Joachim Low has backed his young German side to bounce back from their Italy defeat as they search for their first major title since 1996.

The Germans were among the favourites to lift Euro 2012 after winning 15 straight competitive games but slumped to a 2-1 semi-final defeat.

Low believes his squad will learn from the experience and approach their next title challenge with a lot more mental strength.

"There is absolutely no reason to question everything now," said the Germany coach. "We were the youngest team in the tournament.

"We won all our games in a tough group. The team will stomach this defeat as well and continue to develop."

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"We won all our games in a tough group. The team will stomach this defeat as well and continue to develop.

"Clearly we are all disappointed but the team has showed soul and for us, overall, it was a good tournament."

Took charge

Low, who took charge after their 2006 World Cup semi-final exit by Italy, steered Germany to a runners-up spot at Euro 2008 and a third-place finish at the 2010 World Cup before reaching the semi-final stage again in Poland and Ukraine.

He added: "There were several young players who came into the team at the Euro like Marco Reus. Others like Mario Goetze also have great prospects.

"There will be no major personnel overhaul. We have after all a very young team."

Germany FA president Wolfgang Niersbach believes there is every reason to look to the future with a positive outlook.

"Joachim, you have done a superb job and we are extremely happy to have you as our coach," he said in an early morning address at the team hotel.

"The path of this team is long from over but it is a young team overflowing with talent."