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FOOTBALL: Germany leading striker Klose retires from international competition

Published:Monday | August 11, 2014 | 8:44 PM
In this July 13 file photo Germany's Miroslav Klose poses with the World Cup trophy and his sons following his teams 1-0 victory over Argentina after the World Cup final. - AP

Germany's all-time leading goalscorer Miroslav Klose has announced his retirement from international football.



The 36-year-old Lazio striker helped his country win the World Cup in the summer, becoming the record scorer in the tournament's history.



Klose, who totalled 71 goals in 137 internationals, became the third player to score at four World Cup finals.



Poland-born Klose, who scored twice in the tournament in Brazil to surpass Brazilian Ronaldo's competition record of 16 goals, says the time was right to end a 13-year career with the German national team.



He is the second member of the German team to quit after the tournament following captain Philipp Lahm last month.



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