Miroslav Klose was bursting with pride after his part in Germany's 4-0 victory over Australia on Sunday.
The Bayern Munich striker continued his prolific World Cup scoring record, netting the second goal for Joachim Low's team as they stamped their mark on the tournament in style to storm to the top of Group D.
The 32-year-old had come in for criticism after a loss of form at club level, but his record for the national team can not be questioned after hitting his 11th goal in the World Cup finals.
Klose spearheaded the frontline well alongside former Bayern team-mate Lukas Podolski, with Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller and Sami Khedira pulling the strings in midfield.
Klose admitted he was delighted with his performance, stating that his side were in real contention for the trophy and that he felt people will sit up and recognise the relatively inexperienced team as serious challengers for the crown.
"Everything worked well and it is important that things went well in the first game," Klose said.
"We have earned some respect. You could see that we had fun playing football out there.
"I know what I can do. I feel great."