Berlin: German football legend Bastian Schweinsteiger on Friday announced his retirement from international football.
The midfielder took to social micro-blogging site Twitter to break the news to his fans and followers.
Three weeks after Germany were knocked out of Euro 2016 following a semi-final loss to France, the Manchester United midfielder has said he is stepping down as captain of the national team and ending his international playing career.
“Dear fans of the Germany national team I have just asked the national team coach not to consider me any more for his national team selections in future since I would like to retire,” the 31-year-old announced on Twitter.
Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement from international football. Schweinsteiger won 120 caps for Germany having made his debut in June 2004. A decade later he was part of the team that won the World Cup in Brazil and shortly after became captain of his country. His international CV includes two third-place World Cup finishes and a runners-up spot at the 2008 European Championship. Schweinsteiger reached the semi-final of every major tournament he was involved in, with his overall record standing at 81 wins, 19 draws and 20 defeats. He also scored 24 times for Germany.
“My thanks go to the fans, the team, the DFB (German Football Association), the coaches and the Germany national team,” added Schweinsteiger. “I was able to run out 120 times for my country and experience moments which were indescribably beautiful and successful.
“Jogi Löw knew how much Euro 2016 in France meant to me because I desperately wanted to win this title, which we have not been able to bring back to Germany since 1996. It wasn’t to be and I have to accept this.
“By winning the 2014 World Cup, we did something historic and also achieved something emotionally which will never be repeated again in my career. Therefore it is only right and sensible to call it a day now and wish the team all the best for qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, and for the final tournament.”
“To finish with, I would like to say to the fans ‘it was an honour to be able to play for you, many thanks for everything I was able to experience with you!’ Yours, Bastian Schweinsteiger.”