• Germany face Hungary in final warm-up game ahead of Euros.
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Germany will look to end their UEFA Euro 2016 preparations on a high when they take on Hungary at FC Schalke 04's VELTINS Arena on Saturday (kick-off: 18:00CET/16:00GMT).

The world champions suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Slovakia last time out, but confidence in the Germany camp remains high with little under a week to go until the main event in France.

"We want to put in a positive performance in front of the fans in Germany," said Germany assistant coach Thomas Schneider at Friday's pre-match press conference. "You can expect to see players that didn't play last week like [Manuel Neuer] and [Thomas] Müller start. After that it's about fine-tuning."

FC Bayern München and Germany ace Thomas Müller is expected to start against Hungary. © gettyimages

'We want to go for the title'

With FC Bayern München-bound defender Mats Hummels still sidelined by a troublesome calf injury, Schalke counterpart Benedikt Höwedes could feature at the back for Germany, who have only managed to keep one clean sheet in their last ten matches and lost three of their last four international friendlies.

"We'll definitely use the game to try out one or two things and to improve in certain areas," Höwedes told club website "I'm sure that we will give a good account of ourselves and make progress. We'll go into the tournament full of confidence - regardless of what the result is against Hungary."

National team colleague and Bayern goal-getter Thomas Müller went one further than the Schalke captain, adding: "We're extremely motivated and want to go as far in the tournament as possible. We want to go for the title. We have a great spirit so there shouldn't be any problems with motivation. We're not going to France for a holiday - we want to be successful there."

Benedikt Höwedes is back in contention for Germany after an injury-hit campaign with FC Schalke 04. © gettyimages / Lars Baron

'We're all motivated'

In any case, victory against a Hungary side that went 30 years without reaching a major tournament before qualifying for Euro 2016 would be a step in the right direction for Müller and co. as they prepare to go in search of their first piece of Euro gold in 20 years.

Schalke starlet Leroy Sane was still in nappies when current Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff scored the winner in the final of Euro 1996 against the Czech Republic at Wembley, but now finds himself as one of a handful of national team greenhorns set to feature in L'Hexagone.

"It's very exciting, but obviously you feel for the players that didn't make the final squad," the 20-year-old attacking midfielder explained. "We obviously want to head to France with a win and put in a good display for the fans. The Hungary game's at my home stadium, so it's doubly special for me. My entire family will be there. I hope that we're able to produce a good performance. We're all motivated."

Young Sane (l.) is chasing his first win for the Germany seniors at the third attempt. © imago / Team 2

Confirmed line-ups

Germany:Neuer (c) - Höwedes, Boateng, Rüdiger, Hector - Khedira, Kroos - Müller, Özil, Draxler - Götze

Coach: Joachim Löw

Hungary: Kiraly - Fiola, Lang, Guzmics, Kadar - A. Nagy, Pinter - Lovrencsics, Kleinheisler, Dzsudzsak (c) - Szalai

Coach: Bernd Storck