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Bierhoff: Italy better than England

Speaking after his side's 1-0 win over England, Germany's general manager Oliver Bierhoff has stated that Italy are a superior side to the Three Lions.

After playing Italy and England in friendlies, Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff feels the Azzurri are the stronger side.

Germany drew 1-1 with Cesare Prandelli's Italy in a hard-fought encounter at San Siro as Ignazio Abate cancelled out Mats Hummels' goal.

In their next outing, Germany were victorious over England at Wembley, winning 1-0 courtesy of a Per Mertesacker header.

Former striker Bierhoff evaluated the two sides his men came up against and insists that Italy were the more dangerous.

"This game was difficult but Italy made us work harder," Bierhoff told reporters. "At the moment Italy seem to be a little better than England."

Bierhoff expressed his confidence in Germany to step up to the mark at next summer's World Cup.

"We have every confidence in our boys and we believe in them," he said. "We didn't have nine of the usual starters but we have an excellent second string.

"The players who haven't played often in the past showed that they are ready and this demonstrates the great quality of the squad we have at our disposal."

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