Klose: Winning World Cup is more important than breaking records

The 36-year-old insists that he would rather lift the World Cup trophy for the first time than become the tournament's all-time record goalscorer

Germany striker Miroslav Klose has revealed that he would rather win his first World Cup than become the tournament's all-time top scorer.

The 36-year-old became the joint-record goalscorer at World Cup finals, alongside Brazilian icon Ronaldo, with 15 goals after he scored with his first touch following his late substitution in Germany’s 2-2 draw against Ghana on Saturday.

The Lazio forward will go clear of Ronaldo, though, if he finds the net once again in the competition, however, he admitted that he would rather win the tournament outright than have the individual accolade.

"The title with the team is far more important to me," he was quoted as saying in German magazine, Kicker.

"What is more bitter for me is that I cannot help the team from kick-off. So I bring all of my other qualities [to the team]. I live for this World Cup dream."

Klose has only played in one match in the competition so far although Joachim Low could bring the veteran striker on against Jurgen Klinsmann’s side to help him write history.

Despite his role as a substitute, Klose insists he does not feel hurt and only wants to help the team in whatever way he can.

"I'm not offended because I know that, as always, I can help the team. I'm the head there, you could see that against Ghana.

"I have a brutal head but I'm preparing as always."

Germany are currently top of Group G and know that either a win or a draw against the USA would be enough to see them qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup.