It was also the third victory in a row where the reigning world and european champions have kept a clean sheet.

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The Germans bossed possession from the first whistle with legendary striker Birgit Prinz opening the scoring from ten metres out after 19 minutes, following link up work with Petra Wimbersky.

Simone Laudehr in her second international notched first first senior goal on 25 minutes when the FCR Duisburg player hammered the ball home from 14 metres, after Prinz headed the ball down into her path.

FFC Frankfurt midfielder Kerstin Garefrekes put the Germans three up seven minutes before half time after a floated pass from Wimbersky.

After the break, Linda Bresonik went close but Germany had to wait until the 83rd minute for their fourth goal when Martina Mueller slotted the ball home after Fatmire Bajramaj's shot was pushed onto a post.

Prinz wrapped things up in the final minute to seal a conclusive victory but German Head Coach Silvia Neid was giving nothing away about her World Cup squad selection.

"The younger players really pleased me" she told the German FA website. "Simone Laudehr worked hard, Fatmire Bajramaj was animated, Martina Mueller is always involved and Linda Bresonik offers alternatives, and i'm happy that we have so much competition."

With England set to take on Germany in Shanghai in their second FIFA Women's World Cup group game on 14 September, and the Czech Republic in England's Euro 2009 qualifying group, the match again provided Hope with a chance to see both countries at close quarters.

"The German performance was a real powerhouse one and although the Czech's battled well at the beginning, they run out of steam a bit at the end" Hope told

"We've had Germany watched twice now in a week and their mix of older, experienced players and those coming up from the youth sides make a potent mix.

"We've known since the draw that the game against Germany will be very tough, but we now have to start concentrating on our own preparation.

"We'll be analysing each opponent to try and spot any potential weaknesses we can look to exploit, as i'm sure they will do with us, but after all the build-up, it will be great to just get everyone together in Macau on the training ground, and make sure we're ready for the first whistle against Japan in 39 days."