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Klose quits international football

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By Joe Haining

Tuesday 12 August 2014

Striker Miroslav Klose has become the latest German player to retire from international duty following their World Cup victory, The Independent has confirmed.

Miroslav Klose

After the news that captain Philipp Lahm was stepping down from his role with the national team, Klose made a similar announcement after fulfilling his lifelong dream of being a World Cup winner.

“With the win in Brazil, a childhood dream came true, I am proud and happy that I was able to help this great success," said the 36-year-old striker. “I had a unique and wonderful time and many memorable moments with the national team.”

Success in Brazil represented the perfect end to a long and fruitful international career in which Klose accumulated 137 caps, making him Germany’s second highest appearance maker, behind only Lothar Matthäus.

But it is his incredible goalscoring record for which he will be most remembered. His goals against Ghana and Brazil at the recent World Cup made him Germany’s all time leading goalscorer with 71, as well as the leading goalscorer at World Cup finals tournaments with 16 strikes.

However, Klose made light of these records, insisting that for him the success of his team came first. “The team's success was and is always the top priority for me," he said. “I've achieved our goal with the national team but I have achieved goals I set personally too. Anyone who knows me knows I am very ambitious. The job of a striker is to score goals and it never occurred to me about records. As a striker I am always dependent on my team-mates and I give them a big thank you.”

Others have been quick to heap praise on the veteran hitman though, with Germany national team manager Joachim Löw insisting that Klose is “one of the greatest strikers there have been”.

Klose continues his club career in Italy for Lazio, for who he has scored 39 goals in 100 games in all competitions since joining from Bayern Munich in 2011.

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