Miroslav Klose believes that while he surpassed Franz Beckenbauer in international caps, he will always remain in the Kaiser's shadow.
"We are all glad that we won the game," he told reporters. "We must compliment the fans - we heard them."
Klose, who scored a brace and moved to within 11 goals of Germany record scorer Gerd Mueller, also commented on the vast disconnect between his poor form at club level, and his continued success while 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 appearance, 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."