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Goal king Klose still 'calling the shots'

MIROSLAV KLOSE, despite his stunning international record of 64 goals in 124 games for the German national side, will have to settle for a place on the bench against Ireland in Dublin tonight.

YEP, that's how good they are, how strong their squad is.

Yet national team boss Jogi Loew still feels that Klose, now at Lazio, has a voice worth hearing and a role to play in helping Germany's young players learn about the demands of playing for a nation that doesn't just enjoy success, it demands it.


"Klose brings experience, we assume that Miroslav Klose and Schweinsteger will be the leaders, the ones calling the shots. They are ready and prepared to establish a clear structure and pecking order in the team," manager Löw said of his veteran. "Klose, Mertesacker, Badstuber, Khedira: these players are able to see to it that my instructions get implemented on the pitch.

"For Klose, to get 125 caps is very good, he has been written off by the German media but I think it's great for him to play at such a high level, it's great to see him hit the ground running in Italy."