Germany Under-21 coach Horst Hrubesch has revealed his pride in the success of players who are flourishing in the senior set-up after coming under his tutelage.
Seven of die Mannschaft’s current squad - Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Sami Khedira, Benedikt Howedes, Marcel Schmelzer and Mesut Ozil - were Under-21 European Champions with Hrubesch in 2009.And, though the trainer wishes to avoid talk of a golden generation as his former charges take Euro 2012 by storm, he has hailed the players' recent performances.
“Everyone plays perfectly,” he told TZ.
“Khedira was already the brain of my team. The way he's playing at the European Championship is fantastic.
"He moves around, marshals the midfield and fills holes. He is really able to lead a team. Sami can become an absolute superstar!
“Hummels is outstanding in duels, Neuer is pure class, and Ozil has to start scoring more goals. Then he would be a candidate for European Footballer of the year in my opinion."
Despite being widely pleased with the young German stars, Hrubesch expressed concern over the development of Boateng, who he believes still has untapped potential.
“He plays well, but with him I still see a potential 20-30 percent that lies dormant," he added.
"He has such tremendous abilities. And then he suddenly falls asleep to concede [the penalty] to the Greeks."
And, though he has overseen the development of several world class talents in recent years, the former Borussia Dortmund forward remains humble about his contribution.
"Oh, I'm just a small piece in the development of the team," he added.