FC Bayern München and Germany forward Thomas Müller believes upcoming international friendlies against England and Italy will provide a useful barometer of where the world champions are at ahead of this summer's UEFA European Championship in France.
Germany take on England in Berlin on Saturday, before welcoming Italy to Bayern's Allianz Arena three days later.
'Götze adds a lot to our squad'
"The teams we are facing are very good, which is what we were after," Müller told media at Thursday's press conference in the German capital. "The results won't have much of a bearing on this finals this summer. Having said that, it should be a good indication of where we are as a team, and the experience can only benefit us."
Bayer 04 Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah is the only new face in Joachim Löw's 27-man squad, which also includes Mario Götze. The Bayern midfielder only returned to first-team action a fortnight ago following almost five months on the sidelines with a groin injury, but is expected to get some invaluable minutes under his belt for Die Mannschaft.
"Mario adds a lot to our squad, as he always has done," Müller explained. "The situation at Bayern has nothing to do with what he can do for us here. This year at Bayern we have had seven or eight players competing for about three positions in the starting line-up. I hope that he is able to prove the doubters wrong with some impressive performances for Germany."
'We don't plan on making an early exit'
Müller's own form in 2015/16 has been nothing short of exceptional. Unhampered by physical problems such as those that have afflicted club and international team-mates Götze and Jerome Boateng, the 26-year-old has already posted a personal best 19 goals in 26 Bundesliga appearances so far this term, and believes fitness and stamina could be key at the Euros.
"We've got the energy, but there are plenty of other fit teams, so it's going to be close," Müller opined. "Obviously it's frustrating that Bastian [Schweinsteiger] is injured, but there's still time for him to make a full recovery. He can help us, regardless of whether he plays from the first or third match - you saw that at the World Cup […] You can never guarantee a win or even a place in the latter stages, but we don't plan on making an early exit."