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World Cup 2014: Miroslav Klose hopes to become the record breaker

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Miroslav Klose will travel with Germany next month for his fourth World Cup campaign where he hopes to break Ronaldo's record for the most goals scored in this tournament. 

The veteran striker is currently one short of the Brazilian's record on 14 having scored four at the last tournament in South Africa. 

Although he has been tormented with back and thigh injuries this season, the Lazio striker feels he will be "100%" ready for the competition and cannot wait to start in the group stage

"I assume I will be 100 per cent ready for the tournament," Klose said in a press conference at the team's training camp in Italy.

"I feel good and I'm on the right path. The fitness coaches know me very well and they know exactly what I need, so everything is moving in the right direction."

The ex-Bayern and Bremen star has signalled that his priority is for the team to do well and there could be some doubt over whether Klose will hold a key role in Joachim Löw's side. 

Just three strikers have been selected into the squad, if you include Arsenal's, Lukas Podolski, among them. Kevin Volland is the other name featured and he has just one cap to his name which he received against Poland in a friendly earlier this month. 

That game finished 0-0 but none of the major name players, including Klose, were picked in the team. Clearly Löw was trying to find out which players he would be taking to support his main side but the lack of striking options suggests that Germany could lineup with a 'False Nine', especially since Klose is not the same player that he was. 

Despite this, the 36 year old has a vast amount of experience on the International stage and is a dependable source of goals. Even if was to make an appearance from the bench, Klose is a poacher who can make the difference when it counts. It's easy to say that this will be his final farewell at a major competition as it is unlikely he will be up for selection for the European Championships in 2016, let alone the next World Cup.

Germany take on Portugal, the USA and Ghana in their group. These are all games that Klose could easily make his mark upon and he would be lying if he didn't believe the goal record was on his mind. 

"I am convinced that when the team plays well, then the striker will also get his chances. But anyone who knows me is aware that the goal record is a target of mine."

Ronaldo scored his fifteenth goal in the knock-out stages against Ghana at the 2006 World Cup that took place in Germany. How ironic would it be if Miroslav Klose could do the same this time around against Ghana in the group stages in Brazil. 


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