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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Klose not targeting Germany records

Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Miroslav Klose says it is a "joke" to compare him to Gerd Muller despite only being three goals behind the former striker's record number scored for Germany.

Klose, 34, will gain his 126th cap for his country if he makes an appearance in their World Cup qualifier against Sweden on Tuesday.

The Lazio striker is slowly eating away at all records in German football, closing in on Lothar Matthaus' 151 caps, while he has scored 65 goals to Muller's 68.

If that was not enough he is also on course to break Ronaldo's record of 15 goals scored in World Cups, having so far hit 14.

However, Klose is not comparing himself to German legends or focusing on breaking any records - his only aim is to make it to the World Cup in Brazil.

"I can only repeat, I would never compare myself to Gerd Muller," he said. "It would be a joke to compare Gerd Muller to other strikers. What he achieved, the number of games and the goals scored, is unique. That's what I have told him in person.

"If I am fit and spared injury trouble, I want to play the World Cup in Brazil, that's my goal."

Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness' recently claimed that Klose only scores for Germany against weak opponents.

And the striker admits he is sick of these claims and believes his record speaks for itself.

"By now, it makes me a bit tired," he said. "We don't have to big that issue up again."

While Germany boss Joachim Low defended his player by adding: "He scored 14 goals in three World Cups. That's an incomparable achievement, it speaks volumes."

Klose will receive a fair play award before the Sweden game after he called for a handball against his side in a recent Serie A match between Lazio and Napoli.

And the former Bayern man believes more players in today's game need to act in a similar vein to the way he did.

"I know we have a lot of young fans," he said. "We have a role model function. That has been lost along the way. We need to become role models again and retain fair play in the stadium."

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