Boateng favours centre-back role

The Germany defender has followed in the footsteps of captain Philipp Lahm in stating his preferred position ahead of the World Cup

Germany international Jerome Boateng has admitted he would like to play as a centre-back at the World Cup.

The Bayern Munich defender’s versatility has seen him play in a variety of positions at international level, but the 25-year-old feels his strongest position is at the heart of the back four.

“I want to play in the middle [of the defence],” he told reporters. “In the last two seasons with Bayern Munich I played as a central defender and in the last matches with the national team as well.

“I feel very comfortable with that. But if it is necessary I will play right or left, if the manager wants me to.

“That is the decision of the manager,” he added.

Earlier this week captain Philipp Lahm stated his preference for a right-back or holding midfield role and told Joachim Low he did not want to be used as a left-back.

Germany have been drawn in Group G alongside Portugal, United States and Ghana for the tournament in Brazil and face Cameroon in their latest warm-up friendly on Sunday. 

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