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World Cup 2010: Germany Striker Miroslav Klose Reckons England 'Weren't Up For It'

World Cup 2010: Germany Striker Miroslav Klose Reckons England 'Weren't Up For It'

Striker says Germans sensed English frailities from the off...

Germany striker Miroslav Klose has revealed that Die Mannschaft realised England "were not up to it" after just five minutes of their World Cup 2010 clash on Sunday.

Joachim Loew's side beat the Three Lions 4-1 in the knockout encounter on Sunday and Klose, who opened the scoring after a long ball evaded the English defence after just 20 minutes, claimed that England paid the price for not playing as a team.

"I think the key factor is presenting yourself as a team, as a unit and I didn't quite have the feeling that this was the case with England," Klose told the official FIFA website.

"We thought about these things prior to the game, just what the English team could have achieved. There's the famous 40 years of hurt coming into play here.

"They could have really been the team that ended our World Cup dreams, but five, six, seven minutes into the game we sort of realised that 'hey, they're not really up to it and we can beat them today'."

"I think it's all down to a certain quality we know we have. You see it everyday in training and as I said many times before, it's crucial to have self belief and present yourself as a true team on the pitch. I think that is what really helped in taking the wind out of the English sail. I think we were there as a team and that probably didn't seem to be the case with England."

The Germans' biggest ever win over their old rivals has set up a quarter-final against Diego Maradona's Argentina and the 32-year-old feels that they will prove a far tougher opposition than the English.

"If you looked at it against England, on paper they were definitely stronger, more renowned and more famous. But it didn't really translate into performance on the pitch, which is where we come in,” Klose continued.

"We're just a compact unit and it has proved again that Germany is a 'tournament team', one that gels as the tournament goes on. But we shouldn't compare England with Argentina. I think Argentina really do play in a different league. But I think we are in a position to try and hurt them."

The fixture mirrors the World Cup 2006 tie between the two countries, which the Germans won 4-2 on penalties, but Klose has warned that history may not repeat itself.

"I think a whole lot has happened in the Argentina camp between 2006 and now. Back then [Lionel] Messi was sitting on the bench, [Gonzalo] Higuain has come into play and it's same as far as the German team as well," Klose said.

"Even so, if you just look at the names on a one-on-one basis, then Argentina on paper should be considered a stronger side."

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