After Beckenbauer, Klose makes fun of England's dismal penalties record

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London, Jun 16 (ANI): Making fun of England's dismal record in taking penalties, striker Miroslav Klose wants to face the Three Lions in the last 16 as Germany knows they will win on penalties.

Klose's jibe follows German legend Frank Beckenbauer dismissing England as a "kick and rush" team.

Ahead of a possible last-16 meeting between England and Germany, Beckenbauer increased the pressure on The Three Lions by saying that their coach Capello, had taken the team backwards.

"If we have to play England we know if it goes to a shootout we will beat them," The Sun quoted Klose, as saying.

Germany put up a spectacular show crushing Australia 4-0 on Sunday in sharp contrast to England's dismal 1-1 draw against the US.

"England have a very strong side and nobody is reading too much into what happened against America. Teams in the past have been slow starters yet gone on to win the World Cup," Klose said.

"There is so much history between the two sides and there are some old scores to be settled too. The 5-1 home defeat in qualification for the World Cup finals in 2002 still haunts us. Then there is always 1966," he said.

"But we have absolutely nothing to fear. Why should we? You can see from the game against Australia that we are determined to go far in this tournament. We have a good team, an excellent coach and we are ultra efficient in the way we go about our business.

"Our first target has always been to get out of the group and after that we have to think from game to game. But if it is England ahead, we will be prepared," Klose added. (ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 14:57 [IST]
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