Klose explains why he finally retired

Germany legend Miroslav Klose has revealed he could have continued his playing career but decided to quit due to mental fatigue and for the sake of his family.

The 38-year-old, who is Germany's all-time leading scorer with 71 goals, retired from football in November after scoring 63 times for Lazio in Italy's Serie A.

The striker, who holds the record for scoring the most times in the history of the FIFA World Cup with 16 strikes, believes he was still capable of carrying on. Yet, he called it a day for personal reasons.

Klose told Bild: "My wife and children wanted to feel at home, I respected (that). I could easily have played one, two years on a high level. But, I did not want it anymore. I did not feel like it. That was it, in the end, ."

The forward, who is now a part of Germany's technical team after being brought on board by head coach Joachim Low, added that he was looking forward to finishing his UEFA Pro License for coaching.

He added: "(It is a) really great pleasure to meet the other side (of the game). In the coming months, I will tackle the trainers' licenses."

The Opole-born star ended his playing days with over 300 goals for both club and country.