Miroslav Klose has announced his retirement from football as he joins Germany coach Joachim Low’s backroom staff.
The German Football Association (DFB) announced in a statement that Klose, whose contract with Italian Serie A club Lazio expired in the summer, was hanging up his boots to focus on commencing a new coaching career.
The 38-year-old will join Low and his coaching team for their upcoming World Cup qualifier against San Marino and friendly in Italy as he learns the ropes while studying for his official coaching licence.
“I celebrated my greatest successes in the national team and this was a wonderful time which remains unforgettable,” Klose said.
“That is why I’m delighted to return to the DFB. In the past few months, I have thought a lot about continuing my playing career, but also about looking at new avenues, namely becoming a coach.”