Klose moves past Mueller

2014-06-07 09:58
Miroslav Klose (AFP Photo)

Mainz - Veteran striker Miroslav Klose became Germany's all-time top-scorer on Friday when he netted his 69th goal in his 132nd appearance in their 6-1 friendly romp against Armenia.

The hot-shot, who turns 36 on Monday, came off the bench to head Germany's fourth goal as they scored five goals in the final 17 minutes in their last World Cup warm-up match.

Klose bettered the previous record set by Gerd Mueller, who scored the winner in the 1974 World Cup final to claim his 68th goal in 62 appearances for West Germany.

"Of course, the goal record means a lot to me, but it was more important for us to be in form," said Klose, who has endured an injury-ravaged season for Lazio.

"When we play as well as we did in the second-half, then we create plenty of chances and I'll score goals.

"It was important that we had more pressure in the penalty area and had more movement in the box.

"I want to play and I know I can help the team," added Klose, as he now looks ahead to his fourth World Cup.

As the only recognised striker in the Germany squad, Klose can claim more records in Brazil where he is just one short of Ronaldo's record of 15 goals in World Cup finals.

Germany open their Group G campaign against Portugal in Salvador on June 16 and also face Ghana and the USA in the first round.

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