Monday August 13 2012
Klose targets 2014 and beyond

Miroslav Klose has confirmed that he intends to play for Germany at the 2014 World Cup and beyond that time at club level.

The Polish-born forward was a revelation last season in Serie A after joining Lazio from Bayern Munich on a Bosman transfer.

Whilst he missed a significant chunk of the Aquile’s season run-in with a problematic thigh strain, the veteran did return in time to make his country’s European Championship squad this summer. There were suggestions that Klose delayed his return for Lazio so as guarantee his fitness for Germany.

Having turned 34 this summer, the striker, who netted 16 times in all competitions for the capital club last term, has confirmed his intention to continue to play for his national team.

“If my health will allow me, I will continue with Germany,” he told Sport Bild today.

“The World Cup in Brazil will mark the end of my career with the German national team, but after that competition I could continue to play for my club if I stay fit.”

Klose is currently only four goals away from equalling Gerd Muller’s record tally for Die Mannschaft.

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