Klose keen to keep focus on team

04 July 2010 08:31

Germany striker Miroslav Klose is more interested in winning the World Cup than smashing Ronaldo's record for goals in it.

Klose's brace helped complete a staggering 4-0 quarter-final win over Argentina. It also allowed the 32-year-old to muscle into contention for the Golden Shoe by taking him onto four goals, and sees him join legendary Germany striker Gerd Muller on 14 in World Cup tournaments.

With two matches to play, including either the final or third-place play-off, Klose needs just a single goal to match Ronaldo But such individual accolades mean little to the Bayern Munich man. He said: "I don't know whether I am going to pass Ronaldo's record, and I don't really care."

He added: "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."

Germany's latest effort was perhaps even better than their 4-1 defeat of England in Bloemfontein last Sunday.

Had Frank Lampard's shot been spotted bouncing over the line, England would have been level before half-time and their opponents might have been rocking.

There were no such scares here once Germany had survived a late first-half flurry after Thomas Muller had put them ahead after only three minutes.

"Argentina are a good side but we played as a team," crowed Klose.

"We were excellent. Now we have two games left. If we win them both we will be world champions."

Source: PA