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Low suggests Klose could start

Lazio striker could replace Mario Gomez for Netherlands clash

ESPN staff

Miroslav Klose could be given the chance to shine against Netherlands

Germany boss Joachim Low has hinted that he is considering starting Miroslav Klose against Netherlands.

Bayern Munich star Mario Gomez was selected to start Germany’s opening game against Portugal and rewarded Low’s faith with the only goal of the match.

However, many had expected Lazio striker Klose, who has scored 63 goals in 117 appearances for the national side, to begin the game, and Gomez was criticised in the media by former Germany star Mehmet Scholl.

Germany now face Netherlands looking to bring an early end to their rivals’ Euro 2012 campaign, and Low has announced that he could makes changes to his side.

“I don't always say 'never change a winning team',” Low said. “It is possible that I will make some changes but I have not decided yet. I am always good for a surprise.”

Klose had missed five weeks towards the end of the season with a thigh injury, but Low is confident that he is recovering full fitness.

“I am glad that Miro is feeling better,” he said. “When he is fit, he is world-class. He is still missing a few things but he has progressed enough that he could start a match.”


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