Defender Jerome Boateng has warned Germany are "a tournament team" and cannot be discounted as potential 2010 FIFA World Cup™ winners.

The 21-year-old, who will officially complete his move from Hamburg to Manchester City on 1 July, is relishing the challenge awaiting him at South Africa 2010 and believes his side can lift the trophy.

"I'm very excited, it's a great adventure for me and the Germany team," he told City's website, mcfc.co.uk. "We want to play a good tournament.

"England are good, Brazil and Spain are good teams, but I hope that we win the World Cup. We are a good team and Germany are always a tournament team."

In a strange quirk of fate, Boateng could play against half-brother Kevin-Prince in Group D on 23 June after the Portsmouth midfielder opted to represent Ghana, the nation of the brothers' father Prince.

Jerome is looking forward to the meeting, and said: "We played before in Berlin against each other. I am happy about the game."

Boateng's African heritage means he is excited about the continent hosting its first FIFA World Cup, and he said: "It's very important, I hope the tournament is a great thing for the world.

"Everyone will look to Africa and I hope they can show to the world how beautiful Africa is and that the stadiums and people are nice."