Germany stronger than last time says Frings

"Not once have we thought about going out," he said. "We are not interested in the past five years. The only important thing is we win on Friday."

The 29-year-old Frings is Germany’s holding midfielder but said the team would not consider man-marking Argentina’s playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme.

"We can not make the mistake of concentrating on one player as Argentina have a lot of players that can decide the game," Frings admitted.

"I can not imagine running round after Riquelme for 90 minutes. Myself and Michael Ballack will play against him, depending on whose side of the pitch he is on.

"We understand each other perfectly and it has worked brilliantly with Michael and the rest of the team."

Defender Per Mertesacker has enjoyed three consecutive clean sheets and says it is vital Germany double up if they are to stop Argentina’s potent attack.

"We played against Argentina twice last year and know all about (Javier) Saviola, (Hernan) Crespo and the others," Mertesacker said.

"They can turn quickly and are very fast. We need to defend as a team and double up. If we allow them one-on-one situations it will be difficult."