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Striker remains in der Kaiser's shadow, despite winning more caps

Germany striker Miroslav Klose praised the home fans following die Mannschaft's 3-0 victory over Turkey in Berlin. It is estimated that at least 30,000 Turkey fans were in the crowd, but according to the Bayern Munich man, the players could still hear the support for Germany.

"We are all glad that we won the game," Klose told reporters. "We must compliment the fans - we heard them."

Klose, who scored a brace and moved to within 11 goals of Germany's record scorer, Gerd Mueller, also commented on the vast disparity between his poor form at club level, and his continued success when in Germany colours.

"Why do I score for Germany and not Bayern Munich I ask myself every time. Here I have more luck, which is lacking when I play for Bayern."

Indeed, Klose benefited twice from good fortune as he scored his goals. The first came after Thomas Mueller's header deflected twice off the woodwork and landed at his feet; the second, after goalkeeper Volkan Demirel's poor clearance hit him square in the chest.

Finally, Klose responded with humility after earning his 104th international cap, which put him ahead of Franz Beckenbauer as the fourth-most capped player in German history.

"Although I have now overtaken Franz Beckenbauer in terms of number of international caps, when you look at the names Klose and Beckenbauer, you can tell the difference."

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