Bastian Schweinsteiger believes German football is in an extremely good position.
The Bayern Munich youngster proved to be the hero of the third-placed play-off as he netted twice in the 3-1 win over Portugal.
The 21-year-old enjoyed his evening in the spotlight and feels there will be more big days to come.
"I was so happy with the game in Stuttgart in front of a great crowd," he said.
"From when we were welcomed in the hotel, it was like we had won the World Cup."
The Germans silenced the pre-tournament snipers with some bold attacking play and Schweinsteiger feels they will continue to progress.
"We have a young team and that is always a good sign," he added. "We have all got room for improvement and we all will get better.
"Of course we want to qualify for the European Championships, but I think if things continue like this, then we could be tasting success at the next World Cup."
Schweinsteiger propelled himself into the spotlight on Saturday, but he has no plans to leave Bayern in the near future.
He added: "I have a contract with Bayern until 2009 and I intend to fulfil it."