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Schweinsteiger: Germany reaching peak

March 21, 2013
By ESPN staff

Bastian Schweinsteiger says Germany are nearing perfection and edging closer to the all-round quality of Spain's game in the process.

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GettyImagesBastian Schweinsteiger has won 97 caps for Germany

While Spain have returned home victorious from the last three major championships, Germany have reached the last four on each occasion but never been able to add to their lengthy list of honours.

However, Schweinsteiger, who believes Spain are the team to aspire to, says the Germans are nearing their peak, which could come in time for next year's World Cup.

"Spain have a certain perfection in their game. They have been training on this for the past ten years or so. We are working hard on achieving the same perfection and are well on our way," Schweinsteiger said at a press conference.

"It's absolutely no problem for us to be compared to Spain. They have been the best team out there since 2008. It's an honour to be compared to them."

The Bayern Munich midfielder has won 97 caps for his country and is excited about the prospect of joining the centurion club.

He added: "Of course, this is something that's on my mind. It's something very special for me to play for the national team. I am proud to be playing for Germany and I cannot wait for my 100th cap."

Germany face Kazakhstan in Astana on Friday, before hosting the same opponents four days later.