German forward retires from international football

Miroslav Klose announces his retirement from Germany National Football Team

Miroslav Klose announces his retirement from Germany National Football Team

BERLIN - Miroslav Klose, the Italian Serie A club Lazio's German forward, has quit the German National Football Team.

The 36-year-old forward said in a statement published on the German Football Federation (DFB) website on Monday: "I realized my childhood dream in Brazil by winning the World Cup."

"I am happy and proud of the big success."

He said it was the best time for him to end his national team career.

Saying he never aimed to break records, Klose added: "Those who know me, know how ambitious I am."

"I am a forward and forward players are aiming to score. It was not important for me to break records, but to score for my team."

"Forwards are always dependent on other players. That's why I thank my teammates in Germany," he added. 

The veteran forward scored 71 goals for Germany in 137 matches.

He also managed to break a record set by Brazil's legendary forward Ronaldo by scoring 16 goals in total in World Cup tournaments and became the top scorer in World Cup history.

Miroslav Klose found the net twice in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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