Germany captain Michael Ballack has urged his team-mates to put his injury behind them.
The Chelsea midfielder will miss the World Cup after sustaining an ankle injury during the FA Cup final victory over Portsmouth.
Ballack remained with the national squad until the final day of their Sicily training camp and, before leaving, told them they must only look ahead to South Africa.
“It was taken for granted for me that I would come here,” he said.
“You have now got to forget about my injury fast and look forwards.
“You are a strong team, whoever is chosen and whoever plays. I am certain that you will play a good and successful World Cup.”
The 33-year-old later took the time to rubbish rumours that he was to retire this summer.
Ballack told Kicker magazine: “(Team doctor) Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfart has assured me (I will play again) and he has 30 year’s experience, so he should know.”
Germany are 14/1 with Boylesports, Betfred, Blue Square, Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and William Hill to lift the Jules Rimet Trophy this summer for the first time since 1990.