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Berti Vogts, Germany's coach, lines up some dummies prior to free- kick practice during training in Hanover this week. After the injuries that have afflicted his squad, Vogts might have to field some of them against Albania tonight...

Germany need just a draw against the Albanians, Group Nine's bottom team, to win the section and qualify for France. The European champions will be without Jurgen Klinsmann, Matthias Sammer, Ulf Kirsten, Lars Ricken, Christian Worns, Jens Nowotny, Sven Kmetsch and maybe Jorg Heinrich, so Vogts' side may well be experimental.

"We need just one point but, despite all our injury problems, I expect a clear victory," he said yesterday. "Anything less would not satisfy me."

Albania's coach, Astrit Hafizi, said: "It will be a very difficult match but we will do our best. We have gone through a time full of difficulties and problems which I hope will never happen again," he added in reference to the recent turmoil in his country.