Klose sets quit date

Germany international plans to retire after 2014 World Cup

Miroslav Klose: Has been among the goals for Lazio and is chasing international targets

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Miroslav Klose is planning to see out his contract at Lazio, compete in the 2014 World Cup and then hang up his boots.

The Germany international moved to Italy over the summer and has rediscovered his form in front of goal.

Having found the target just once in the league for Bayern Munich last term, the 33-year-old opted to take on a new challenge in 2011/12.

He penned a two-year deal with Lazio and has plundered four goals in six Serie A outings so far, including a late winner in Sunday's derby date with Roma.

Klose hopes he can continue in a similar vein for the foreseeable future, but admits that his career is starting to edge towards a close.

"If all goes well I will play for Lazio until 2014, then the World Cup and then that's it," he told Kicker.


Klose is currently joint-second on the all-time scoring list at World Cups, alongside fellow Germany striker Gerd Muller.

They both have 14 goals to their name, putting them one behind Brazil's Ronaldo.

Klose is keen to move to the top of that chart, while he is also hoping to overtake Muller as Germany's top marksman.

He has fallen behind the in-form Mario Gomez in recent internationals, but needs just six more goals to catch Muller.

"Whoever knows my ambition knows that is a huge challenge for me," said the Polish-born frontman.