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Fans flock to Germany's first World Cup training session

AFP  |  Vatutinki 

got down to business in the defence of their Cup title today with their first training session in Russia, which was open to the public.

Around 400 spectators, who needed tickets to see the champions in action, and 200 media saw put the German squad through their paces in a series of short matches.

Dozens of ticketless locals had to wait outside as security was tight at the CSKA training complex near the team hotel in Vatutinki, a 45-minute drive from

looked sharp, making several saves even though the has only just returned from eight months sidelined by a fractured foot.

also impressed amid off-field rumblings after he and were criticised for posing alongside Turkish last month.

Defender Mats Hummels, plus wingers and also stood out. Centre-back was lacking sharpness after only recently returning from a

Arsenal Ozil, who is refusing to comment on the Erdogan controversy, trained despite missing Friday's 2-1 friendly win over with a

Both Ozil and Gundogan were booed by disgruntled German fans in the 2-1 away defeat against earlier this month following their perceived support for Erdogan.

Gundogan has insisted their meeting with the Turkish leader was not politically motivated.

A large group of children from Moscow's German school were among the enthusiastic spectators and Loew had to ask for quiet from the excited youngsters so he could brief his players.

open their Cup campaign at on Sunday when they face Their other opponents in Group F are and

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 19:40 IST