Toni Kroos Comments on England's Euro 2016 Chances Ahead of Germany Friendly

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2016

Toni Kroos of Germany gestures during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier between Scotland and Germany at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / IAN MACNICOL        (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany and Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos believes England have a "good chance" of winning Euro 2016 this summer ahead of the world champions' meeting with Roy Hodgson's Three Lions side in a friendly on Saturday. 

The Berlin clash is part of advanced preparations for the summer's major tournament in France, with England also set to take on the Netherlands at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.

As World Cup 2014 winners, Germany are well-fancied to go all the way in France, but Kroos believes England have a chance, and he picked out the pace in their squad as a potential key factor, per Jonathon Moar of Sky Sports.

"England are a very good team and have a good chance this summer," Kroos said. "If you look at their squad they've clearly got some good players. They know what they're doing and have fast attacking players. They may only be friendlies, but we want to try and win."

Germany boss Joachim Low also praised England, crediting Hodgson with overseeing recent improvements, per the Press Association's Simon Peach: "England has improved a lot recently due to the coach Roy Hodgson—he's had a big impact. It is difficult for us to play against them."

Since winning the World Cup just under two years ago, Low's side have had their struggles, losing to the likes of Republic of Ireland, USA and Poland, but they are still arguably the strongest team in Europe, per Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe:

Despite suffering two defeats, Germany came through on top of their qualifying group and will prove tough opponents for England at the Olympiastadion on Saturday.

However, Hodgson's side have reason for optimism. They were the only team to record a perfect 10 wins from 10 games in qualifying, and expectations are lower for this summer's Euros than they usually are.

In part, that is due to the debacle that was their 2014 World Cup campaign, in which they lost twice and drew once—against Costa Rica—and were dumped out at the group stages.

The squad for Euro 2016, though, will be markedly different from the one that failed in Brazil, and there are some exciting players looking to make their marks.

Here is England's squad for their clashes with Germany and Netherlands:

In Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy, Hodgson has two of the Premier League's most in-form strikers to call upon, while Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has done the England boss a big favour by bringing through exciting midfield duo Dele Alli and Eric Dier this season.

With skipper and key striker Wayne Rooney absent through injury, Hodgson will have the chance to experiment in attack against the Germans and the Dutch, which could be valuable come the tournament.

In Germany, they are set to face one of the strongest sides in the world. Here is their squad for the clash:

But it will be an excellent experience, particularly for England's less experienced internationals.

And with Kroos adamant that Germany will be taking it seriously and aiming to win, a good result in Berlin should build the confidence of the England side.