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Podolski: We'll win World Cup for Schumacher

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Schumacher out of coma

Lukas Podolski and his Germany team-mates have vowed to win the World Cup for Michael Schumacher.

On Monday, hours before Germany's opening Group G thrashing of Portugal, it was announced Schumacher had emerged from a coma and left the hospital in Grenoble where he was being treated following a skiing accident last December.

Hamilton excited by Schumacher news

  • Lewis Hamilton is encouraged by the news that Michael Schumacher is out of a coma six months after his skiing accident.
  • "It is amazing. Everywhere I go people ask about him. Whether it is the States, Canada, filling up a petrol station - people ask about him," Hamilton said. "I always keep him in my thoughts and prayers and it is a real positive to hear that there is some progress.
  • "I have been trying to keep an ear out for what is going on and not really hearing of any improvements. So to hear that he is really in that wake-up phase is just really encouraging and it is exciting, and the next step, and hopefully this is the first step on the ladder."

"Michael Schumacher is as crazy about football as we all are," Podolski said before their 4-0 victory in Salvador.

"Unfortunately he is not doing so well. The DFB [the German Football Association], the team and I continue to wish his family strength. We hope he will be back on his feet soon and eventually he will be able to see one of our matches.

"If we win the World Cup then it is something which could give him some joy."

Podolski and some of his team-mates have already shown their support for the ex-Formula One driver by playing in boots with the message "Get well soon" stitched into them.

Schumacher is a keen football fan and is a supporter of Cologne. Before his accident, he featured for his local side FC Echichens, the club based near his home in Switzerland.

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