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Germany striker to retire after World Cup 2014

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Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose has admitted that he will retire from international football after the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

The 35-year-old Lazio star has made 128 appearances for the national side and netted 67 times - just one short of Germany's record scorer Gerd Muller.

And, the former Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich forward - who claimed 14 of those goals at consecutive World Cup tournaments - leaves him just one behind the competition record of 15 held by Brazil's Ronaldo.

Klose could bow out with two national records to his name, but has insisted he is focused on winning the tournament with the team, which remains his first priority. 

"The title with the team has top priority," he is quoted by Fox News. "But if I can win the World Cup in Brazil that would be the greatest for me. Everything else would be secondary."

Klose, who is now in his final year of his contract with the Serie 'A' outfit, has also said he would consider a move back to the Bundesliga to finish his career.

"I want to play a good season, play the World Cup and take it from there.

"I am still fit and still feel like playing football, then certainly the Bundesliga is an option. I can really imagine finishing my career in Germany," he added.

The striker left Bayern in the summer of 2011, when his contract expired, and joined Lazio on a three-year deal. 

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