FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Miroslav Klose, the top scorer in World Cup history, has retired from Germany's national squad a month after the team won the title for the fourth time.
The 36-year-old Klose scored twice in Brazil, making him the highest-scoring player in the tournament's history with 16 goals, one ahead of Ronaldo. It was Klose's fourth World Cup tournament.
With a career total of 71 goals, Klose is also the highest-scoring player for Germany. He is also the second most capped Germany player with 137 games.
"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 is the second member of the World Cup-winning side to step down after captain Philipp Lahm. While Lahm's retirement came as a surprise, but Klose's move was expected.
The pair's retirement will be marked at a ceremony before the Sept. 3 friendly against Argentina, the rival Germany beat 1-0 in the World Cup final. Neither will play, the German federation said.
Germany coach Joachim Loew called Klose a "world star," and "one of the greatest strikers in football."
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