Germany striker Miroslav Klose will decide on his international future over the coming days. The Lazio striker, 36, won his first World Cup winner’s medal on Sunday as ‘Die Mannschaft’ outclassed Argentina 1-0 after extra-time at the Maracana; 12 years after tasting final defeat in Yokohamma Japan. “I do not know yet if I will go on with the national team,” said Klose, who scored his 16th record World Cup goal in the 7-1 humiliation of hosts Brazil.
“I’ll take a couple of nights to sleep on it and then make the right decision.” Klose came close to winning the World Cup in his debut appearance in Korea/Japan, but was hard-done by Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil- a side they would later humble in the semi-finals of their victorious campaign just last week in Bello Horizonte. He claimed the Golden Ball at the 2006 edition hosted on home soil as Germany were eliminated in the semis by eventual champions Italy after extra-time and proceeded to clinch bronze, which was far from victory for the then Werder Bremen striker. He won his second third-place match winner’s medal in South Africa four years ago, before going on to break the all-time record for the highest goal in a World Cup with 16 goals in Brazil. “This is outstanding, it crowns everything,” he said.”We finished second once, were third twice, but this is world-class. I can hardly comprehend it. It was always a dream to be up there (getting the trophy) and not just having to stand around and have to applaud others. The team’s performances were important, we wanted to keep our calm because we knew we had the better quality to win it.”