World Cup all-time highest goalscorer Miroslav Klose has announced his retirement from international football at 36 after winning the 2014 mundial with Germany.
The Lazio forward scored two goals at this year’s World Cup in Brazil, making him the highest-scoring player in the tournament’s history with 16, one ahead of Brazil’s Ronaldo Delima.
The Poland-born forward made his Germany debut in 2001 and has since played in four World Cups, scoring at all of them. His goal in the incredible 7-1 semi-final win over Brazil took him past Ronaldo’s tally of 15.
Klose bows out of the international arena with Germany having never lost whenever he has scored. And with 137 caps to his name with a career total of 71 goals, he is also the highest-scoring player for Germany.
“With the win in Brazil, a childhood dream came true, I am proud and happy that I was able to help this great success,” Klose told Germany’s national team official website.
“I had a unique and wonderful time and many memorable moments with the national team.”
“The team’s success was and is always the top priority for me,” he added.
“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.”
Klose follows Germany captain Philipp Lahm into international retirement, with the 30-year-old having done so in the immediate aftermath of the World Cup.