Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann says it will be a special occasion for strikers Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski when they face Poland on Wednesday.
The Polish-born strikers moved to Germany when they were children and Klinsmann said: “We’re glad they’re on our side. They are exceptional players.
“It will be a special moment for them because they do have Polish roots and speak Polish together on the pitch.
“Playing Poland might be an additional motivation to score another goal.”
Klinsmann knows Poland are up against it following their opening group 2-0 loss to Ecuador.
He said: “They need to get three points from this game or realistically they are out. But we want three points as well.
“They will be fired up to do everything they can to stay in this tournament. It will be a heated encounter.
“We watched how Ecuador beat them but we will play differently. We have our own strengths and will start at a high tempo.”