Berlin, August 11 (QNA) – World Cup all-time top scorer Miroslav Klose on Monday announced the end of his Germany national team career.
Klose, 36, scored two goals at his fourth World Cup participation recently in Brazil, where Germany won a fourth title in the final against Argentina, Klose’s last game, German news agency (DPA) reported.
The Lazio striker has 16 goals overall at the World Cup, one more than Brazil’s Ronaldo, and a German record 71 goals in 137 caps.
Klose is the second German World Cup winner to retire, following captain Philipp Lahm.
Poland-born Klose made his national team debut on March 24, 2001, scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory against Albania. He got a hat-trick in his first World Cup match, an 8-0 victory against Saudi Arabia, in 2002 and was World Cup top scorer with five goals at the 2006 edition.
Klose got four more 2010 in South Africa and his goals against Ghana and Brazil at the June 12-July 13 event in Brazil moved him ahead of Ronaldo. He joins Pele and Uwe Seeler as scorer at four World Cup tournaments.
The 2014 World Cup title is the biggest career success of Klose, who was runner-up at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2008, third at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and a semi-finalist at Euro 2012.