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Klose Set To Break Record

German Striker Miroslav Klose is set to break Gerd Mueller's 39-year-old record as Germany's top goalscorer in Sunday's friendly against the USA.

Mueller, though, is not upset that he is likely to see his record broken, but instead is happy for Klose who he believes is one of the best strikers Germany has produced.

With 67 goals in 126 appearances for Germany, Klose is one short of Mueller's record as he joined up with the Germany squad for their two-match tour of the USA.

Germany take on Jurgen Klinsmann's USA team in Washington DC on Sunday, after Wednesday's 4-2 friendly win over Ecuador, and Mueller expects Klose to break his record of 68 goals in 62 games, the last of which gave West Germany the 1974 World Cup title.

"It has long since just been a matter of time before he breaks my record, I am pleased for him," the 67-year-old Mueller has told SID, an AFP subsidiary.

"Miro is a great striker and a great guy, who I met a few times when he played for Bayern Munich. He's deserved it."

Having made his debut back in 2001, Klose has needed almost double the matches Mueller took to net his tally and the former Werder Bremen and Bayern star is embarrassed to even be compared to Mueller.

"It is a total joke to compare me to him," says Klose.

"You can't compare him to anyone, what he has achieved, in terms of goals and numbers of matches, is unique. I have told him that personally.

"Perhaps when I hang up my boots it will make me proud, but my journey is not over yet."

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