By FOX SPORTS Staff
Die Mannschaft have not won a major tournament since their triumph in the 1996 European Championships but are nonetheless regarded by many as one of the favourites to win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Joachim Low's men are firmly on course to qualify for the 2014 World Cup; following their easy 3-0 win over Kazakhstan on Friday, Germany currently find themselves top of their qualifying group [Group C], a commanding five points ahead of second placed Sweden, who were held to a 0-0 draw by the Republic of Ireland.
With Germany set to take on Kazakhstan again on Tuesday, Die Mannschaft can pull eight points clear of Sweden, albeit with two games in hand, and Gotze declares his side will set their sights on winning the World Cup once they secure qualification.
"The tournament is still a year away, which is why it's a good idea for us to just take each game as it comes," Gotze was quoted as saying by the official FIFA website.
"We need to qualify for the finals first.
"However, we know we're a good team and we have big ambitions. If we go to a tournament, we want to win it."
Gotze also spoke of his pride at potentially playing in international football's most prestigious tournament for his country.
"It's what you dream of as a player," Gotze added.
"It's a huge tournament and the fact that's taking place in such a football-crazy country as Brazil makes all the more attractive."
In the absence of a recognised striker, Low utilised Gotze as the spearhead of Germany's attack in a 'false nine' role. Despite being slightly unfamiliar with the position, Gotze admits there are several perks to using such a system.
"There are several advantages to playing like that against a deep-lying opponent," Gotze mused.
"We change positions frequently and that creates confusion. We're not as easily marked.
"High balls are difficult for me to deal with, but that's something I'm willing to overlook for the moment."
Germany have won the World Cup three times before, with their last triumph coming in 1990.