German striker and all-time World Cup top scorer, Miroslav Klose has announced his retirement from international football.
The 36-year-old said he has fulfilled his childhood dream after winning the World Cup with the German national team, their first global crown since 1990 when they defeated Argentina 1-0 in the Rio-hosted final.
The Lazio striker who also is the highest-scoring player for Germany with 71-goals and also the second most capped Germany player with 137 games.
picked up his 16th goal, in what was his fourth World Cup, to surpass Brazilian Ronaldo as the tournament’s leading scorer.
“The title in Brazil fulfilled a childhood dream of mine,” Klose said in a statement posted Monday on the German national team’s website.
“I am proud and happy that I could contribute to this great success for the German football. There is no better time to close the national team chapter.”
Klose made his debut as a substitute for Germany in a World Cup qualifier against Albania on March 24, 2001, and scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory.
“The success of the team was always my priority,” Klose said.
Klose played for Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga before moving to Italian club Lazio in 2011, where he has another season on his contract.
The 36-year old would be the second member of the World Cup-winning side to step down after captain Philipp Lahm.