Klinsmann wants more
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jurgen Klinsmann is expecting more from his strikers against Holland in Rotterdam.
Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann has increased the pressure on his newly-formed strike force ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Holland, by telling Kevin Kuranyi and Miroslav Klose that they must prove their class against Marco van Basten's team.
Klose returns to the German starting line-up after scoring four goals in Werder's last three outings.
"Miro Klose and Kevin Kuranyi are just aiming to reach the level Ruud van Nistelrooy is on," said Klinsmann, who feels that the latter still has a point to prove on the international stage.
"Kevin is able to play much better than he did during the Confederations Cup and he knows this."
Klinsmann has changed his policy of fielding young and emerging talent for the friendly in Rotterdam, resting Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger for veterans Dietmar Hamann and Christian Worns.
Hamann will earn his first cap under Klinsmann, whilst Worns will be expected to guide young talent Per Mertesacker at the heart of the German defence.
Oliver Kahn starts in goal as Klinsmann continues to rotate him and Jens Lehmann between the posts.
Elsewhere, Philipp Lahm remains sidelined by torn cruciate ligaments, meaning Bernd Schneider will fill in out of his usual position, which in turn opens the door for the in-form Fabian Ernst to join Michael Ballack, Torsten Frings and Hamann in midfield.
Captain Ballack has warned van Basten's men to be on their guard on Wednesday evening:
"Holland might well play the most beautiful football, but this match is all about a struggle for prestige and we'll do our best to win," promised the Bayern Munich star.