Veteran striker Miroslav Klose remains Joachim Low's preferred choice despite playing second fiddle to Mario Gomez at Bayern Munich, the Germany coach revealed today.
Low told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that 32-year-old Klose, who is second in the German national side all-time scorers list with 61 goals, had the upper hand on Gomez when it came to international football.
"'Miro' is still a little superior to Mario with regards to his ability to change his style of play during a match and his all-round capability," said Low.
Despite that assessment, Gomez has had a much more prolific season at club level.
The 25-year-old, scorer of 15 goals in his 43 internationals, is coming off his best season, having scored 28 times to finish as the Bundesliga's leading scorer.
Klose, by contrast, scored just once all season and Bayern have offered him only a year's extension after his present contract came to an end at the conclusion of the season.
However, Low's remarks indicate that Klose will start as the lone frontman for the friendly with Uruguay tomorrow - a repeat of last year's third-place FIFA World Cup™ play-off - and the UEFA EURO 2012 Group A qualifier against Austria on 3 June.
Low, though, has said that he will change his usual strategy of starting one up front for the second EURO 2012 qualifier against Azerbaijan on 7 June.