Miroslav Klose has called time on his glittering career with Germany. [Getty Images]
World Cup winner Miroslav Klose has retired from international football, the German football federation have confirmed on Monday.The Polish-born striker leaves Die Mannschaft following a successful World Cup campaign in Brazil. The announcement arrived less than a month after he expressed his desire to hang up his boots next year.
The 36-year-old, who made 137 appearances for Germany, surpassed Brazilian star Ronaldo to become the all-time top scorer at the World Cup with 16 goals. He achieved this feat in the semi-final as Joachim Low’s men humiliated Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side 7-1 in front of the home crowd.
The former Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen star featured four times in the competition helping his nation register at least a third placed finish prior to the victory this year. He has won two Bundesliga titles with Bayern and lifted the DFB Pokal trophy thrice (once with Bremen and twice with the Bavarian giants).
Klose is also Germany’s top scorer, having netted three times more than legendary Gerd Muller’s tally of 68. Currently plying his trade in Italy with Lazio, he netted seven times in the Serie A in 25 appearances. He signed a one-year extension to remain at Stadio Olimpico for one more season and will be a part of Stefano Pioli’s roster for the upcoming campaign.