Lehmann: Germany will reach World Cup final

The former shot stopper is optimistic about Joachim Low's men's chances this summer but believes England will crash out early

Former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is confident his nation have what it takes to reach the final at this summer's World Cup.

Joachim Low's men are among the favourites to win Brazil 2014, but have been placed in a tricky group alongside Portugal, Ghana and United States.

Nevertheless, Lehmann is optimistic about Germany's chances of reaching the showpiece game in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.

"I think Germany will reach the final but everything has to run optimally," the former Arsenal shot stopper told reporters.

"And then in the final one never knows. Brazil against us would be a good final."

England face an even tougher task in Group D, as they will have to deal with Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica, and the former Arsenal shot-stopper is pessimistic about the Three Lions' chances of making a big impact on the tournament.

"From the English, I do not expect much," he confessed. "They've also had a strenuous season. The players are not really looking forward to going to the England team, I think.

"This is even more stress because they know anyway, they cannot win anything."

Lehmann feels that Belgium, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany and Thibaut Courtois among their ranks, are genuine title contenders.

"Belgium are the dark horses," he argued. "They have strong players, especially from the English league.

"A couple playing in the Spanish league. You have a generation that can achieve a lot."