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Moritz Volz is raring to go with Fulham again this summer – and will be spurred on by the disappointment of onlky featuring for 60 minutes as Germany’s under 21s crashed out of the group stage at the European Championships.

The likeable right back, who had a fantastic first season as a regular in the top flight, admitted to be upset with his own performance against Scottish giants Celtic in Fulham’s first pre-season friendly but believes he will be back to his best soon enough. Volz told Fulham’s official website:

“The first two days [of pre-season training] were very hard – I was feeling it in all of my muscles and my legs were very heavy. But since then I’ve been coping quite well but I still felt short of fitness in the game against Celtic. Pre-season friendlies are important for you to get back into playing, getting used to your positions and getting your timing back in terms of making runs and covering back. They are important games but you can’t really read too much into them.

What happens in pre-season matches – especially the first two or three isn’t going to decide whether you’re going to have a successful season or not. What’s important is that you get back into a footballing frame of mind. More than anything else the games act as a good indicator of your fitness levels. After the first week, you’re very tired and are still lacking that sharpness. But as the season gets closer, you start to feel much better and you know that the work you’ve done has been beneficial.”