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Miroslav Klose retires from German national team

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 11, 2014 at 7:34 am •  Published: August 11, 2014
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Klose was always Loew's preferred striker and he was the only true striker in the World Cup squad in Brazil. Klose started the tournament on the bench but returned to the starting 11 when Loew decided to abandon the "false nine" formation and use a striker again.

"You can always rely on Miro Klose, he kept his word," Loew said. "The same thing happened in Brazil, I knew that Miro would be top fit when it mattered."

Born in Poland, Klose moved with his family to Germany at an early age and always played for his adopted homeland.

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.

With 71 goals for Germany, Klose surpassed the legendary Gerd Mueller (68). Only Lothar Matthaeus played more games for Germany at 150.

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.