Hitzlsperger heads to Lazio

BERLIN - Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has joined Italian club Lazio after falling out of favour at VfB Stuttgart.

"With the transfer window ending on Monday, Thomas Hitzlsperger decided to join Lazio," the club said on their websiteon Sunday.

Hitzlsperger, urged recently by Germany coach Joachim Loew to try to play regularly in order to feature in his World Cup squad in June, joined Stuttgart from England's Aston Villa in 2005.