Klose hangs up national team boots

German Football
By German Football August 12, 2014 01:06

Klose hangs up national team boots

Germany’s leading goalscorer Miroslav Klose has announced that he will be ending his national team career, with immediate effect.

In 137 games for his country, the Polish-born striker scored a record-breaking 71 goals.

“In winning the title in Brazil, I was able to fulfill a childhood dream,” Klose said in a statement on the German national team’s website. “I am proud and happy that I was able to be part of this great success for German football.”

“For me there is no better time to end my time with the national team.”

In Brazil, the 36-year-old had scored two goals to pass Brazilian superstar Ronaldo and take himself to the top of the World Cup scorers list, with 16 goals.

Following the announcement coach Joachim Löw praised Klose’s achievements.

“I have a lot of respect for Miro’s decision. Just as I do for his amazing national team career, which will be hard to beat,” Löw said.

It’s the second major retirement in the German national team inside of a month. World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm also recently announced his retirement.

German Football
By German Football August 12, 2014 01:06
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