Veteran forward calls time on Germany career.
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Lazio striker Miroslav Klose has made the decision to retire from international football, according to a tweet on Eurosport’s official Twitter account.
The former Bayern Munich forward was part of Joachim Low’s side that claimed victory in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil this summer, with his strike against the host nation in the semi-finals also confirming him as being the all-time leading goalscorer in the competition.
BREAKING: Miroslav Klose, the all-time World Cup top scorer and Germany top scorer, retires from int football. pic.twitter.com/EZXX85V9sL
— Eurosport.com (@EurosportCom_EN) August 11, 2014
The 36-year-old will now focus on his club career after a great thirteen years with his national side, for whom he made 137 appearances and scored 71 goals in total, making him his country’s all-time top scorer and putting him in second place in the list of all-time appearance makers.
A true legend of the modern game, Klose’s appearance at this summer’s World Cup will have been a fitting way for him to blow out of the international game, which has proven to be the making of him alongside a less glittering club career.
Klose’s decision to quit the national side follows the same decision recently made by captain Philipp Lahm, who has also opted to go out on a high after leading his country to World Cup glory in Brazil this summer.