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Klose doesn't care about record

July 4, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Miroslav Klose says he is not concerned about becoming the most prolific striker in the history of the World Cup as long as Germany emerge victorious in South Africa.

Miroslav Klose taps the ball home for 2-0
GettyImagesMiroslav Klose taps the ball home for 2-0

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Klose's two goals in a 4-0 win over Argentina in the quarter-finals on Saturday mean the Germany striker is now level with his predecessor Gerd Muller on 14 World Cup goals, just one behind Brazilian record-holder Ronaldo.

With a semi-final and then either the final or the third place play-off to come, Klose has two games in which to achieve football immortality but is adamant that personal achievements are not occupying his thoughts.

"I don't know whether I am going to pass Ronaldo's record, and I don't really care," Klose said. "I didn't think about the record beforehand. I just wanted to win the game.

"I am more interested in what we do as a team. If we end this tournament winning the World Cup that would be far more important than any goals I score."

Klose's next chance to add to his four goals at the tournament comes on Wednesday night when Germany face Spain in the World Cup semi-finals, but his Bayern Munich team-mate Thomas Muller will be absent due to suspension.

With four goals and three assists, Muller has been a key figure in Germany's challenge and captain Philipp Lahm says the loss of the youngster following his yellow card against Argentina will be felt by the team.

"It is not fair," Lahm said. "Angel Di Maria handled the ball as well but he didn't get booked. It is a big shame for Thomas because he has done so well."