Klose eyeing record

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The Lazio forward needs to score just once at this year’s Mundial to equal Brazilian legend Ronaldo’s record tally of 15 goals in World Cup tournaments, and the 35-year-old hopes he will be able to manage the feat in his fourth World Cup.

"Anyone who knows me knows the World Cup goal record is a target of mine," said Klose.

"But to be completely honest, it only plays a back-seat role for me as the team is the most important thing.

“When the team gets going, we play good football and when we do I will get scoring opportunities. Once that happens, it's just a logical conclusion that I might convert one or two."

Klose, who has scored 68 goals in 131 appearances for Germany, will turn 36 on 9 June, and many have questioned the aging striker’s ability to cope under tough conditions in Brazil.

Yet the veteran insists he is fully fit and ready for the tournament which kicks off in nine days’ time.

"I've managed it every other time and it will happen this time too," he said. "I'm training the right way so there's no looking beyond me; assume that I will play."

The former Bayern Munich forward feels the climate will favour the local nations taking part, but believes his German side are definitely one of the contenders for the title.

"The South American teams have an advantage because they're used to the climate," he said.

"There are always five or six teams gunning for the title – and we are one of them."

Germany have a tough draw in Group G, where they face Ghana, USA and Portugal.

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