Boateng blames the forwards

Germany defender Jerome Boateng laid the blame for their disappointing 0-0 draw with Poland squarely at the feet of the attacking players in their squad.

The world champions dominated possession in their Euro 2016 clash and had 14 shots to the Poles’ three but were unable to find the back of the net.

Boateng and the rest of the defence did their job containing Robert Lewandowski and preventing their neighbours from having a single shot on target, and the 27-year-old felt let down by the fact their forwards weren’t able to be so effective.

“We didn’t win any one-on-ones up front and the movement [in front of goal] was missing,” the Bayern Munich defender told ZDF after the match.

“We need to be pleased with a 0-0 draw. We must improve our finishing, we play well until the last third, then we can’t get past our opponent and aren’t dangerous. We have to improve that or we won’t get far.”

Despite the poor result, Germany still tops Group C with four points, level with Poland but ahead on goal difference and will more than likely qualify for the next round of the competition regardless of what happens in their final match of the group phase against Northern Ireland next week.