Klose Could Close In On World Cup Record

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  • Miroslav Klose could become the leading scorer in World Cup finals history this summer - after the forward was named in Germany's provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup.

    Klose has been named in the Germans' 30-man squad for what would be his fourth finals appearance, during which he has notched 14 goals for his country.

    The current record of 15 is currently held by former Brazilian forward Ronaldo, meaning a brace in Brazil would see Klose break the record - after scoring five times in each of the 2002 and 2006 tournaments, before getting a further four goals in South Africa four years ago.

    Germany manager Joachim Low lauded Klose's prowess and expects him to make his mark once more in South America, despite a recent injury.

    Low said: "Miro always hits top form at tournaments. It will almost certainly be his last.

    "He was injured recently but we are convinced he can help the team."

    Low has also named four players plying their trade in the Premier League - as Chelsea midfielder Andre Schurrle joins Arsenal trio defender Per Mertesacker, midfielder Mesut Ozil and forward Lukas Podolski in the squad.

    Real Madrid's Sami Khedira has also been included after recently returning from knee surgery, but Mario Gomez misses out – following the Fiorentina forward’s struggles with injury all season.

    The three-time champions will head to Brazil as one of the few European teams tipped to do well in the searing South American heat - as they look to win their first tournament since 1990. Click here to compare odds for Germany to win World Cup 2014.

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