Schweinsteiger - Future bright
Bastian Schweinsteiger has stated that Germany's youngsters have the ability to be World Cup winners.
Last Updated: 11/07/10 2:23pm
Bastian Schweinsteiger has stated that Germany's youngsters have the ability to be future World Cup winners.
The Bayern Munich midfielder took over from Philipp Lahm to captain his side in their 3-2 victory over Uruguay to finish in third place in the World Cup, a result that exceeded all expectations in their homeland.
Germany's midfield quartet of Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller, Sami Khedira and Schweinsteiger could form the basis of the side for years to come, with the 25-year-old the oldest member of the four players.
Schweinsteiger has already won 81 caps with his country, but admitted he wanted to make up for the disappointments of missing out at the latter stages of the last two World Cups and Euro 2008 by going all the way next time around.
"We have come even closer to the top five teams in the world, there is a bit of a tear in my eye thinking of the semi-final we lost, but there is a smile in the other one as we showed both heart and courage against Uruguay," said Schweinsteiger.
"If we keep improving like this, sooner or later the trophy will be ours."
His sentiments were backed up by Lahm, who felt there was more to come from one of the youngest sides in the tournament and was optimistic about the future.
"We have a very good chance in the coming years to play at the top. We are still nowhere near the end of our development," Lahm said.
"We must continue to work hard. But we have a lot of quality and must be optimistic looking ahead."
Manager Joachim Low also felt that the team was destined for glory, claiming that should they continue to perform so well as a team, they will be amongst the favourites to land the World Cup in 2014.
"This team is the future, it is viable that it will only reach its zenith in a few years," said Low, who has yet to decide whether he will stay on as head coach.
"The culture of our game is doing well."