Miroslav Klose calls time on Germany career

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Miroslav Klose has announced his retirement from International duty with Germany.

The 36-year-old made 137 appearances for Germany, scoring 71 goals.

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World Cup success

Klose was central to Germany's first World Cup title as a unified country in Brazil this summer. Klose scored the equalising goal in the 77 minute iin Germany's 2-2 draw with Ghana in the group stages this summer.

This bought Klose level with Brazilian Ronaldo's scoring record of 15 gaols at World Cup finals. He then went on to break that record by scoring in Germany's 7-1 demolition of Brazil in the semi finals.

Klose went to four World Cup finals with Germany. He got two third place finishes in 2006 and 2010, one runners up medal in 2002 before winning footballs biggest prize in 2014. Klose was also a runner-up in the 2008 European Championships with Germany. 

The Lazio striker had broken another record before even heading to Brazil. In June he beat Gerd Muller's record of 68 goals for Germany which has good for 40 years.

In a statement released by the German Football Association, Klose said: "I am happy and proud to have contributed to this big success for German football". 

Klose went on to describe how winning the World Cup was a "Childhood dream come true."

Success at club level

Klose played for German giants Bayern Munich from 2007 to 2011. In this time he made 98 appearances for the Bavarian in the Bundesliga, scoring 24 goals. While at Bayern he won two Bundesliga titles as well as a runners-up medal in the Champions League among other things.

The striker currently play for Lazio who he moved to from Bayern in 2011. So far at Lazio Klose has made 80 appearances in Serie A scoring 35 goals.


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