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Tottenham rejected Miroslav Klose bid, says Andre Villas-Boas

He didn't turn us down… we weren't interested: AVB says Spurs snubbed Klose

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UPDATED:

09:34 GMT, 19 September 2012

Miroslav Klose was offered to Tottenham during the summer transfer window – but manager Andre Villas-Boas insists HE turned down the Lazio striker.

The veteran Germany international is set to line-up for the Italian outfit at White Hart Lane as the two teams prepare to go head-to-head in the Europa League on Thursday.

Earlier in the summer Klose, 34, claimed that he rejected a move to north London, choosing to honour his deal at the Stadio Olimpico which runs until 2014.

Forward thinking: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas insists he was not interested in signing Lazio striker Miroslav Klose earlier this summmer

Forward thinking: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas insists he was not interested in signing Lazio striker Miroslav Klose earlier this summmer

He said: 'Tottenham came looking for me, but I signed for Lazio until 2014 and I intend to respect that contract.'

But speaking ahead of Spurs' showdown with the Serie A side, Villas-Boas revealed he had no interest in signing the former Bayern Munich star.

'Klose is an important player, but I have very good strikers. With Defoe, Adebayor and Dempsey I can feel comfortable,' he told Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Villas-Boas memorably won the competition with Porto in Dublin in 2011 before his short-lived spell at Chelsea and he is keen to emulate that success in charge of Spurs.

'Tottenham will face the Europa League with the spirit to get away and maybe to win it,' he said.

'The Europa League is not a minor cup, it is the entrance to the Champions League and it deserves the utmost respect.'

Go for it: Villas-Boas wants Tottenham to win the Europa League this season

Go for it: Villas-Boas wants Tottenham to win the Europa League this season

The Portuguese coach, however, is expecting a testing opening encounter to Tottenham's European campaign.

'With Lazio it will be a difficult match,' he added.

'The Italian league is one of the toughest in the world and those at the top of it need to be addressed with the utmost concentration.

'They have important players such as Ledesma, who is one of my favourite players.

'Then there’s Hernanes. I expected him to find a top club (in the summer) and instead Lazio have done well to keep him.'

Miroslav Klose snubbed Tottenham

Klose in Tottenham snub as Germany ace claims he turned down White Hart Lane switch

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UPDATED:

06:07 GMT, 14 September 2012

Germany striker Miroslav Klose rejected the chance to join Tottenham this summer.

According to the 34-year-old, the north London club made an approach for his services during the transfer window.

No move: Klose claims he rejected the opportunity to join Tottenham

No move: Klose claims he rejected the opportunity to join Tottenham

But Klose, who has scored 64 goals in over a century of appearances for Germany, snubbed a move to Andre Villas-Boas' side.

Klose, who will face Tottenham when he lines up for Lazio in next week's Europa League clash, said: 'Tottenham came looking for me, but I signed for Lazio until 2014 and I intend to respect that contract.'

Tottenham have endured a difficult start
to life under former Chelsea manager Villas-Boas, taking just two
points from a possible nine this term.

Italian job: The Germany striker is in his second season with Lazio

Italian job: The Germany striker is in his second season with Lazio

Meanwhile, their new 12m goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has received the backing of international team-mate Gregory Coupet in his battle for the No 1 jersey with Brad Friedel.

The deadline day signing has had a slow start to his White Hart Lane career – watching the 1-1 draw with Norwich City from the stands and then reporting for international duty with France.

But France captain Gregory Coupet insists the stopper is primed to take over from Friedel.

One glove: Coupet is confident Lloris will enjoy a successful career at Spurs

One glove: Coupet is confident Lloris will enjoy a successful career at Spurs

'At 41 years old, you can see things clearly: you know that you are not the future of the club,' said Coupet.

'Hugo Lloris appears a bit flat but these statements should not dampen his appetite and he is going to quickly show them that he is the best.'

Euro 2012: Germany coach Joachim Low on a high

Low delighted by cheeky line-up after Germany storm into semis

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UPDATED:

23:36 GMT, 22 June 2012

Germany coach Joachim Low was happy his 'cheeky' team selection paid off as his side cruised past Greece 4-2 in their quarter-final in Gdansk.

He made three significant changes from the team which beat Denmark to finish Group B with a 100% record, the stand-out one being replacing three-goal striker Mario Gomez with Miroslav Klose.

Up for it: Miroslav Klose scores the third goal

Up for it: Miroslav Klose scores the third goal

Low said he was unconcerned these alterations leaked out into the public domain hours before kick-off, even if it did somewhat spoil the element of surprise. After missing a host of first-half chances, captain Philipp Lahm gave the three-time champions the lead just before the break.

Even though Celtic striker Georgios Samaras equalised soon after the interval, goals from Sami Khedira, Klose and Marco Reus eased Germany into a last-four encounter with England or Italy despite Dimitris Salpingidis' late penalty.

'To be cheeky is a good thing. Today it was the time to bring in some fresh faces and different types of players who could do a job and I think it worked very well,' said Low.

'I thought after three victories, with which I was satisfied, we needed to be unpredictable against Greece because they know us very well.'

Celebration: Germany's Marco Reus, left, and Jerome Boateng dance after winning the game

Celebration: Germany's Marco Reus, left, and Jerome Boateng dance after winning the game

On his line-up being made public earlier today, he added: 'It is not the way I would have wanted but it is the way it happened and that is that.'

Regarding the game itself Low said: 'I don't think there is any question we absolutely deserved to win this match.

'Greece scored two goals out of one chance and the only thing I can say is we didn't take chances at the start of the game.

'Right from the start we were very good, we had lots of chances.

'They had a strong defence but in the second half we didn't let them hassle us because of the goal we conceded.

'We put in a good performance and the whole way we played was fantastic.'

Sit down on the job: Marco Reus made the game safe for Germany by volleying into an open goal

Sit down on the job: Marco Reus made the game safe for Germany by volleying into an open goal

Greece coach Fernando Santos admitted his side were smothered by Germany – who dominated possession – in the first half, but was pleased with their showing after the interval and also overall at Euro 2012.

'I would like to congratulate Germany. They played well,' he said.

'I would also like to congratulate my players not only for today's performance and effort in today's match but for all their efforts during this tournament.

'The German team were really good and they deserved their huge percentage of ball possession.

'We could have maintained possession more and could have taken more chances but we didn't have the space to breathe. And given Germany had the ball most of the time they could actually press us towards our goal.

Greek tragedy: Greece are heading home after their defeat to the Germans

Greek tragedy: Greece are heading home after their defeat to the Germans

'Despite our defensive efforts we conceded a goal.

'At half-time we told them we had to correct some minor mistakes and try to take more initiative in attack.

'We told them if we could score once it would change the game completely.

'We managed to score and create chances but we conceded the second goal really soon afterwards and that clipped our wings.

'After that it was really difficult to get back to the game. No matter how good your defence is after a certain point you become tired.

'But if someone had told me we would score twice against Germany I would never have believed them.'

Joachim Loew looking for stability for Germany ahead of final warm-up against Israel

Ready or not Stuttering Germany looking for stability ahead of final warm-up clash against Israel

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12:38 GMT, 30 May 2012

Going against tradition, Germany are encountering some serious concerns with their preparation ahead of a major tournament.

The Germans were comprehensively beaten 5-3 by Switzerland on Saturday, and manager Joachim Loew hopes his side will be a little less hospitable at the European Championships in Ukraine and Poland.

High spirits German players must pick themselves up after a demoralising defeat to Switzerland on Saturday

High spirits German players must pick themselves up after a demoralising defeat to Switzerland on Saturday

The eight Bayern Munich players, who lost the Champions League final to Chelsea, only joined the squad on Sunday, and should plug a few holes in a leaky back four for Germany's final test against Israel on Thursday.

Switzerland are not the only team to have beaten Loew's side in Germany this year, they also lost 2-1 at home to France in February.

The last time Germany started the year with back-to-back defeats was 31 years ago.

Set for glory Joachim Loew (centre) will be hoping to lift the Euro 2012 trophy in July

Set for glory Joachim Loew (centre) will be hoping to lift the Euro 2012 trophy in July

Tweaking: Loew says his side are working well together

Tweaking: Loew says his side are working well together

The morale may still be low for the trophyless Bayern players. Not only did they miss out on the Champions League, but they were runners up in the Bundesliga and the DFP-Pokal cup to Boroussia Dortmund.

Loew has put on a brave face, saying the preparations have been 'right on target' and that he is happy to have 'such classy players' in defence.

Injury woes: Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) and Miroslav Klose (left) are both struggling with knocks

Injury woes: Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) and Miroslav Klose (left) are both struggling with knocks

Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker, who recently recovered from an ankle injury, and Mats Hummels looked all at sea against Switzerland, but Loew says he only has some minor changes to make.

'We just have to tweak a few things,' he said. 'Basically, everyone can play with everyone else. We're working on it.'

Captain Philipp Lahm will return to left-back, although he's been playing at his prefered right-back for Bayern all season.

'That has nothing to do with how we'll play against Portugal,' Loew said with a view to Germany's first game of the tournament on June 9.

Humiliated: Mats Hummels (centre) and co looked out of sorts when they were beaten by Switzerland

Humiliated: Mats Hummels (centre) and co looked out of sorts when they were beaten by Switzerland

If bad form and disrupted preparations weren't enough, Loew also has a number of injury concerns ahead of the finals.

Midfield talisman Bastian Schweinsteiger is a doubt with a calf injury for the Israel game, and has not participated fully in training at the German camp in southern France this week.

'The question is if he can handle the pain,' Loew said. 'It (the injury) is a bit more difficult than we've thought.'

Striker Miroslav Klose is also struggling to come back after tearing a thigh muscle in March.

Waiting to pounce: Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) and Portugal face Germany in their opening game

Waiting to pounce: Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) and Portugal face Germany in their opening game

Mario Gomez, the only other striker in the final 23-man squad, has lost his tremendous early season form in recent weeks.

Germany's last match against Israel was a 7-1 win in 2002.

Germany have been lumbered with the toughest draw in the tournament. As well as Portugal, they face the Netherlands on June 13 and Denmark on June 17.

Euro 2012: Germany squad contains just three forwards

Low on strikers: Germany's Euro squad contains just three forwards

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UPDATED:

07:11 GMT, 29 May 2012

Cacau, Marc-Andreter Stegen, Sven Bender and Julian Draxler have all been left out of Germany coach Joachim Low's final 23-man selection for Euro 2012.

Low announced his squad one day early on Monday, with the quartet flying back to Germany immediately.

The Germany coach, who took a 27-man squad into two training camps in Sardinia and France, will explain his choices on Tuesday when he will be working with his final group in the build-up to their first match of the tournament against Portugal on June 9.

Eins, Zwei... Funf: Joachim Loew miscounts his strikers, taking just three to the Euros

Eins, Zwei… Funf: Joachim Loew miscounts his strikers, taking just three to the Euros

Stuttgart striker Cacau is a surprise exclusion as Low now takes only three forwards with him to Poland and Ukraine – Mario Gomez, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski.

Germany squad

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hanover 96)

Defenders: Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund).

Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Mario Goetze (Borussia Dortmund), Ilkay Guendogan (Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid), Marco Reus (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Andre Schuerrle (Bayer Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich), Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Lukas Podolski (Cologne)

'It was my big goal after the World Cup in South Africa (in 2010) also to be part of Euro 2012 with the Germany national team,' Cacau said.

'I knew from the beginning that the competition for the 23 places would be hard and tight.

'I gave it my best shot. Like the younger players, I am also disappointed, but I still feel part of this team and wish them from the bottom of my heart that they play a great European Championships.'

Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Ter Stegen made his international debut in Saturday's 5-3 defeat to Switzerland.

Despite not passing his first international test, he has vowed to bounce back.

'Of course I am disappointed,' he said on the website of the German Football Association (DFB).

'Nevertheless, these days with the national team were an interesting experience for me.

'Despite the defeat to Switzerland, my international debut was an important step in my career and I hope that I will get another chance again soon.

'I would like to wish the team much success at the European Championships.'

The exclusions of 19-year-old Draxler and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sven Bender were less surprising, yet equally upsetting for the two players.

'Of course I would have loved to fly out to Poland and Ukraine,' Draxler said.

Left out: Stuttgart striker Cacau was a surprise omission

Left out: Stuttgart striker Cacau was a surprise omission

'But it has not worked out and now I am keeping my fingers crossed that the team wins the title.'

Bender, whose twin brother Lars has been included in the 23-man squad, added: 'Of course I am sorry to have to return home.

'At the same time, I am pleased for my brother Lars that he will be at the European Championships. “I hope that the team can realise our dream of winning the title.'

Lukas Podolski says Germany will be fit when it counts after a succession of recent disappointments for Joachim Low's national team.

Left out: Dortmund midfielder Sven Bender

Left out: Dortmund midfielder Sven Bender

A 5-3 defeat to Switzerland at the weekend came a week after Bayern Munich lost the final of the Champions League and there could justifiably be a few dropped heads in the Germany camp, but Podolski trusts their tournament mentality to kick in when it matters.

The eight Bayern players in Low's preliminary 27-man squad were put through their paces in training for the first time after the Champions League final today and that also gives Podolski reason to be optimistic.

'There is no doubt that with the eight Bayern players here, the quality improves,' he said.

'They are top guys and we have missed them.'

Their experience was certainly lacking on Saturday when Germany were humbled 5-3 by the Swiss. Yet Podolski is not reading too much into that result, or the performance, as he focuses on Germany's first group game against Portugal on June 9.

'It has been the same in previous years, when we lost 4-1 to Italy (in 2006), for example,' Podolski said on the website of the German Football Association (DFB).

'Of course defeats like this shouldn't happen and they hurt, and losing 5-3 to Switzerland is definitely not on, but I can promise there will be a different team on the field (against Portugal).

'We have got to live with the criticism. We are all focusing on Portugal and have got to be fit for that game, and we will be fit.'

To take their minds of the defeat in Basle, 25 members of Low's squad paid a visit to the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.

'It was a good day for us to get our heads free,' said Podolski.

'I enjoyed it and the lads enjoyed it too, but now we are focusing on the Euros.'

Fabio Capello: Clubs must stop stealing young players

Capello calls on Platini to act after swipe at Germans for “stealing talent”

Fabio Capello has taken a swipe at Germany for adopting players of Turkish origin and called upon football’s rulers to end the drain of talent from poorer countries.

Capello is still haunted by England’s 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Germans in last summer’s World Cup and raised the issue of citizenship when he addressed the Dubai International Sport conference.

‘A line needs to be drawn,’ said the Italian. ‘Richer clubs are talent-scouting and stealing players by bidding higher and not thinking about the consequences for those countries.

Capello

Capello”s complaint: Germany”s midfielder Mesut Ozil is of Turkish descent

‘These players are acquiring new passports. Germany had five of Turkish origin who opted to represent them and we all know what happened.’

Germany’s squad for the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa contained 11 players who could have qualified for other countries. Capello claims Turkey would have been far stronger with the ‘five’ who opted to represent Germany but his facts are muddled. Two players of Turkish descent were in Joachim Low’s squad — Mesut Ozil and Serdar Tasci — and both were born in Germany.

Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, who both scored against England in Bloemfontein, were born in Poland. Podolski moved to Germany aged two and Klose aged seven.

The crux of Capello’s complaint is about young players bought by rich clubs, lured from poor countries and nationalised, and he expects UEFA president Michel Platini to tackle the issue.

Plea: England manager Fabio Capello was speaking in Dubai

Plea: England manager Fabio Capello was speaking in Dubai

‘Decisions need to be made,’ said Capello. ‘Players can be bought, especially when they come from poorer backgrounds. I do not accept that, having trained a player, a different team can steal the player from me. UEFA should pass rules allowing people to reap the seed that’s been sown instead of having talents leave when they receive a major offer.

‘I’ve spoken to Michel Platini and he is resolute. Clubs will be forbidden to steal young players from abroad.’

Capello denied England had stolen Danny Welbeck, who qualified for Ghana, saying: ‘He was born and brought up in England. I spoke to his family and they were fine.’