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Klose retires from Germany duty | Neuer

Germany news Aug 11, 2014
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 Posted by Stephan Uersfeld
Jun 17, 2014

Muller: Team success comes first

ESPN's expert panel gives us their final thoughts on today's matches.

Thomas Muller says he is more concerned about Germany winning the World Cup than securing a second Golden Boot in as many tournaments.

- Honigstein: Muller makes the difference

Muller scored five goals in six games at the 2010 edition to pick up the top scorer's prize, and he added another three in the 4-0 win against Portugal on Monday.

Aged 24 years and 276 days, the Bayern Munich man became the youngest player in 40 years to score eight World Cup goals and the fourth youngest in the competition's 84-year history.

His hat trick also moved him to the top of the 2014 scoring charts, replacing Neymar, Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Karim Benzema, who each scored a brace in their first games.

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German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach said Muller's goals were a good way of beginning his defence of the Golden Boot, but the player himself told reporters: "My goals certainly don't harm the [Golden Boot] project.

"The focus is on me now because I scored three goals, but it is about the team. The next game begins at zero and we need to qualify for the last 16. Of course, I want to score goals. But I don't need that trophy [Golden Boot] again, I already have it."

Mats Hummels was the other Germany player to get on the scoresheet, and Muller feels the defender's goal -- to put the side 2-0 up -- was vital.

"Basically, there are no game-deciding goals. But I think that the 2-0 was important," he said. "It's hard to come back from a result like that in heat like this against us. The red card [for Pepe] was another important step to win this match.

"Right before the red card we had this scene with [Fabio] Coentrao. Should they score, it's 2-1, and the game is open again."

Muller feels there were a lot of positives to take out of Germany's performance, although there is still room for improvement.

"It wasn't a perfect game today, but a very good one indeed, and it was pretty decent for an opening game," he said.

"You can always improve. You have to say that the run of play was perfect for us -- that's why it looks that easy now. A 4-0, plus two, three chances from the counter -- a perfect match is rare, but we are working on it."

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