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Sports News of Thursday, 17 July 2014


Klose to make decision on Germany future

The 36-year-old striker became the all-time top goalscorer at the World Cup after his goal against Brazil but isn't sure if he has played his final game for the national team

Germany striker Miroslav Klose will make a decision on the future of his international career within the week, the player has said.

Joachim Low's men were crowned world champions after they beat Argentina 1-0 in the World Cup final tthrough Mario Gotze's extra-time volley.

Klose found the net in his side's 7-1 demolition of Brazil in the semi-final to become the competition's all-time top goalscorer and the 36-year-old Lazio forward said he will reveal whether Germany's fourth World Cup victory will mark his final international game.

"It is outstanding. This crowns everything. We were second once, third twice - it is world class, I still cannot comprehend it," Klose told the DFB's official website.

"The team performance was important, we wanted to stay calm also because we knew that we have more quality.

"I don't know yet if I go on for the national team. I'll have a couple of nights to sleep on it and then make the right decision."

Klose also claimed credit for inspiring Gotze, as he was substituted off the pitch for the man who scored the match-winning goal.

"Before Mario came in to play for me, I told him: "You can make it happen"," Klose said.

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger said the effort of Low's group was extraordinary, and he made special mention of the squad members who were on the bench in Rio de Janeiro.

"We enjoy the moment, incredible. Thanks to all of Germany for support. We have felt that here, as you stood behind us. Today is celebrated everywhere, we give full throttle here," the Bayern Munich man said.

"Incredible performance, but as the guys have called off the bench, I have never experienced something like that. This gives so much power, the only reason why we won the cup."