Former German player and coach Franz Beckenbauer believes that Germany are the best side in Europe after describing last Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic last Saturday as a “landmark” result.

Beckenbauer said the victory in Prague confirms Germany’s status as Europe’s top team .

“I’ll dare to say it. At the moment we are the No 1 team in Europe,” wrote Beckenbauer after German coach Joachim Loew claimed his seventh win in eight games since taking over from Jurgen Klinsmann after last year’s World Cup.

“We took the game to the Czechs and some of our play looked like a training video.

“On top of the momentum Jurgen Klinsmann built, the team are now showing signs of telepathic understanding and are functioning like a well-drilled unit.”

Beckenbauer described Loew’s promotion to the head coach as a “piece of luck”.

“Obviously he has strong powers of persuasion amongst the squad,” added Beckenbauer.