Joachim Low says Germany will not be celebrating in Northern Ireland
Last Updated: 06/10/17 4:10pm
Germany players will not be celebrating in Belfast pubs after sealing their 2018 World Cup place by beating Northern Ireland, says Joachim Low.
The 3-1 victory over Northern Ireland at Windsor Park maintained Germany's 100 per cent record ahead of their final group game against Azerbaijan on Sunday, when Low's side will look to complete their most convincing preliminary campaign of all time.
The reigning world champions will not be given any respite before that game, with Low demanding his players must improve before next summer's tournament in Russia.
"Are we going to celebrate and have a few beers? Give the players time off to spend in Belfast pubs? No, that would be utterly unprofessional and it's just not our style," Low said.
"We will strive to win 10 games from 10 and that, plus the goal average, will hopefully result in Germany's most successful qualification campaign in our history.
"In September 2016 we looked at our group and told ourselves we wanted to dominate that group, make no compromises and possibly not drop any points either, which we've managed to do with a neat goal average to boot.
"There's every reason for us to be satisfied."
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Gareth Southgate insisted he would not release players after England's own qualification for Russia was guaranteed with victory over Slovenia, but admitted after the game "at some point tonight we might enjoy the fact we are at a World Cup".
The England boss said there was much improvement to be made ahead of next summer's event, and Low shared similar sentiments - despite winning all nine of their qualification games so far.
"With the World Cup coming up Germany need to improve in many more areas, deny the opposition any opportunities to score, ideally," he added.
"We did what we had to do on Thursday but with a view to the World Cup there's a lot of work to be done."
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