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By Rune Gjerulff@runegjerulff

Klose lavishes praise on Füllkrug

Miroslav Klose believes Niclas Füllkrug "brings a good package for a striker".
Germany's all-time record goalscorer Miroslav Klose has lavished praise on Niclas Füllkrug.

The Werder Bremen forward is pushing to start for Germany against Costa Rica tonight after he came on to score the equaliser in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Spain.

Speaking ahead of tonight's game, Klose has given his verdict on Füllkrug:

"He has a certain presence in the penalty box and a good nose for situations. He brings a good package for a striker: good finishing inside the box, he's two footed and strong with headers," Klose told Bild (via @iMiaSanMia) and continued:

"I heard his interviews after the Spain game and immediately noticed that he doesn't get carried away. He knows that more still has to come. When I see how he conducts himself and from what I heard from the team, I can only say: that's exemplary. Football needs such guys."

Asked if he believes Germany coach Hansi Flick should put Füllkrug in his starting line-up against Costa Rica, Klose responded:

"Costa Rica will certainly sit deep, but I don't know Hansi's game plan. For me it's important that when Niclas gets his minutes, he should use the opportunity.

"As soon as he's on the pitch, the opponent's focus will shift away from Jamal, Thomas or Leroy, because there will be someone in the penalty box to watch out for. That will automatically free up space for the others."

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