Kirchhoff: Teamwork vital for Sunderland

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Sunderland defensive midfielder Jan Kirchhoff has emphasised the importance of teamwork as the club aim to stave off relegation from the Premier League this season.

The 26-year-old returned from injury at the weekend and scored with a header from Sebastian Larsson's corner to help the Black Cats to a 2-1 win over Leicester City.

The German now looks ahead to the crunch clash with Swansea City as Sunderland aim to move away from the drop zone.

"Football is a team game," he told the Sunderland Echo. 

"There are few players in the world who are able to decide a game on their own. Even for them, to put the ability of each player together and get the best out of each individual player that is what you have to do. 

"That is the only chance how you can be successful. It is about all of us playing at our highest level. 

"Put that together and bring your strength into the squad and win games as a team. 

"It is not down to one of us, it is down to the 11 on the pitch and those on the bench or who are training. It is a team sport, not an individual one."