Lothar Matthaeus, who captained Germany to their last World Cup triumph, has said the current squad is better than the German team which won the Italy 1990 title.

Joachim Loew-coached Germany, who are currently ranked third in the world behind World Cup holders Spain and Argentina, will book their 2014 World Cup berth in Brazil next June if they take a point against the Republic of Ireland in Cologne on Friday.

But the 52-year-old Matthaeus, who made a record 150 appearances for Germany, is backing the current squad to lift the Brazil 2014 title.

"They are stronger, because there is more depth in the squad," Matthaeus told Cologne newspaper Express.

"There are 30 to 35 players, Joachim Loew has double or even triple cover in each position."

Matthaeus says the current Germany is well equiped to lift the World Cup for the fourth time following their 1954, 1974 and 1990 triumphs.

"The atmosphere (in the squad) is great. There is no rivalry between players from Bayern Munich and Dortmund," added Matthaeus.

"There is good communication in the team.

"The conditions are almost perfect to reach the major goal next year."

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