Bastian Schweinsteiger retires from international football
Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has called time on his international career after clocking 120 appearances and a World Cup win, he announced on Friday.
The move comes after limited opportunities at this summer’s Euro 2016, at which Germany crashed out at the semi-final stage to hosts France.
Schweinsteiger bagged a goal against Ukraine at Euro 2016 with that now confirmed as being his 24th and final strike for Die Mannschaft.
In a statement released on his official Twitter account on Friday, the former Bayern Munich star said that he has asked Germany boss Joachim Low to no longer consider him for his team in future competitions.
“I want to thank the fans, the club, the DFB, the coaches and the German national team. In 120 international matches I have played for my country I have experienced moments that were indescribably beautiful and successful,” the statement, written in German, read.
“Historically and emotionally I have achieved something that can no longer be repeated in my career. Therefore, it is right and proper now to call it quits and to wish the team the best for qualification and the 2018 World Cup.”
The German captain has made over 120 appearances for his national team, but has seen his influence and appearances diminish over the past two seasons.
After a frustrating season at Manchester United, in which the midfielder missed 17 Premier League games through injury, Schweinsteiger found himself on the bench for much of Germany’s Euro 2016 campaign.
However, he did replace Sami Khedira’s early in Germany’s quarterfinal win over Italy, missing a penalty as Germany progressed. Schweinsteiger then played the majority of Germany’s semi-final loss to France.
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