Klinsmann backs Germany to win World Cup 2014

The former striker believes his nation will triumph in Brazil and says they have matured into an international force
Jurgen Klinsmann has backed Germany to win World Cup 2014 and claims they are favourites to claim football's greatest prize.

Klinsmann - who now coaches the USA  - was in charge of die Mannschaft when they hosted the 2006 tournament but could only guide his side to the semi-finals, where they were knocked out by eventual winners Italy.

Since then Joachim Low has slowly rebuilt the national side with the introduction of an exciting generation of young German talent and now Klinsmann believes they are more than capable of triumphing next summer.

"Many have been working hard so that Germany have again reached the absolute top [of football] and [they] are now favourites for the World Cup in Brazil," Klinsmann told The Express.

Germany were again knocked out at the semi-final stage at both World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 but have won five of their six qualifying matches for next summer's tournament and look set to be strong contenders once again.

Their last success in the competition came back at Italia'90 when they defeated Argentina 1-0 in the final under the leadership of Franz Beckenbauer.