PHOTOS: Ozil and Podolski show funny side ahead of USA match!

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Arsenal joker Lukas Podolski and his Germany team-mate Mesut are photographed in relaxed mood ahead of their World Cup test.

With one of Germany or USA poised to land top spot in Group G, both nations - one would imagine - would be going through intensive preparations in order to ensure their performance-levels from their first two matches, against Ghana and Portugal, can be replicated on Thursday, June 26 at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife.

Renowned for being a perpetual smiler and a bit of a jester, Arsenal and Germany attacker Lukas Podolski gave fans an insight into how he and his international team-mates like Mesut Ozil will be readying themselves for their battle with the States.

By playing American football (with a rugby ball).

Ozil said: "On my way to the Rugby World Cup… just kidding - I still prefer my favourite toy; the football."

While Podolski said: "Training American style!"

USA have been a bit of a surprise package at the 2014 World Cup. Group G was supposedly going to be dominated by the Portuguese and the Germans, however, Jurgen Klinsmann's American side have demonstrated a tough-to-beat will and a functional and effective spirit.

Germany, meanwhile, have shown a merciless attacking drive.

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