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Miroslav Klose, All-Time World Cup Goalscorer, Retires From International Football

11/08/2014 15:05 BST | Updated 11/08/2014 15:59 BST

Germany and the World Cup's all-time leading goalscorer, Miroslav Klose, has announced his retirement from international football.

Less than a month after helping his country win the World Cup the 36-year-old has opted to call it a day after four finals with the Nationalmannschaft.

Klose attained 137 caps and scored 71 times for Germany.

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Klose and his two sons pose with the World Cup trophy in Rio

"With the win in Brazil, a childhood dream came true, I am proud and happy that I was able to help this great success," Klose told the German Football Association's official website. "I had a unique and wonderful time and many memorable moments with the national team."

Klose - who was actually born in Poland - made his Germany debut in 2001 and scored a hat-trick on his first World Cup finals appearance against Saudi Arabia in 2002.

His goal in the astonishing 7-1 semi-final win over Brazil took him past Ronaldo's 15 in the competition, and two ahead of previous holder Gerd Müller.