Khedira salutes teammates
Sami Khedira dedicated his third-place play-off winner to his teammates as Germany's World Cup drew to a close.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 10/07/10 10:50pm
Goal-hero Sami Khedira dedicated his third-place play-off winner to his teammates and vowed Germany will return a stronger side at the next World Cup.
The Germans exceeded expectations in South Africa by demolishing Australia, England and Argentina with four goal hauls en-route to their semi-final defeat to Spain.
Joachim Low's men will not go home empty-handed, however, after beating Uruguay in an entertaining 3-2 win in the battle for bronze on Saturday evening.
Stuttgart midfielder Khedira, 23, headed the winner eight minutes from time but was reluctant to take sole credit for Germany's tournament ending on a high.
He said: "It's a tribute not just to the team but to all 23 players here that we were able to give a good performance and keep the quality high.
"Of course we had all hoped for something better, but this match for third place was also a final that we absolutely wanted to win."
The youth Germany possess among their impressive side suggest many of the current crop will participate in at least another World Cup and Khedira hopes they can deliver an even better showing in four years time.
"We've done well here but next time we want to get to the next level," said Khedira, who was celebrating his second international goal.
"At this World Cup we were a very young team and we've put down a marker. But we obviously want to win more in the future."
Central midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, one of Germany's key players in the tournament, agrees his side have much to look forward to in the future.
"I'm very proud to play in this team," said the Bayern Munich man. "We have to look to the future, we can still achieve lots of things."