Veteran German striker Miroslav Klose is confident that he will be fit for the start of Germany’s 2014 Soccer World Cup campaign, but said he is focusing on the results of his side rather than his opportunity to become the leading goal scorer in World Cup history.
Klose made his World Cup debut in 2002 and he helped Germany qualify for the final by scoring five goals and he doubled his World Cup goal tally in front of his home fans in Germany in 2006 before banging home another four goals in South Africa in 2010.
The German is now only one goal behind Brazilian legend Ronaldo on the all-time World Cup goalscorer list and is expected to become the most prolific goal-scorer in World Cup history during the pool stages, but Klose said that his main goal is to help his side progress as far into the tournament as possible.
“For me, the main thing is to be fit and the most important thing is the team,” Klose told Fifa.Com.
“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.”
Klose has struggled with injuries problems since the 2010 World Cup and was only able to score seven goals in 24 appearances for his club side Lazio during their 2013/2014 Serie A campaign.
The 35-year-old missed the tail end of the Serie A season with a thigh problem, but is confident that he will be fit for Germany’s opening match of their 2014 World Cup campaign with Portugal in Salvador on June 17.
“I assume I will be 100 per cent ready for the tournament,” Klose said.
“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.
“I just want to train so that the World Cup doesn’t pass me by.”
Germany will take on Ghana in their second pool game at Fortaleza on June 22 before taking on the United States Of America in their final encounter of the round robin stage in Recife on June 27.
Germany is currently available at 2014 FIFA World Cup odds of $6.50 with Ladbrokes Australia, behind Brazil ($4) and Argentina ($5.50), while Klose is available at a quote of $34 to win the Golden Boot award for the second time in his prolific World Cup career.