Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from international football.
The 31-year-old is one of Germany’s most capped players, making 120 appearances for his country while scoring 24 goals in the process.
Schweinsteiger made his debut for the national team in 2004, won one World Cup title in 2014 after finishing third in 2006 and 2010. He also picked up a silver medal from Euro 2008, reports Goal.com.
The former Bayern midfielder has confirmed that his time with the German national team has come to an end.
‘I have recently asked the coach to not nominate me for the national team anymore because I would like to retire,’ Schweinsteiger said.
‘I was allowed to collect 120 caps for my country and I lived some moments which have been indescribably beautiful and successful.
The German international featured in five games for Die Mannschaft at Euro 2016 as they reached the semi-finals of the tournament, but he says that playing in the European Championship meant a lot to him.
‘Jogi Low knew how much Euro 2016 in France meant to me because I really wanted to win that title we have not been able to win since 1996,’ he added.
‘It was not meant to be, I have to accept that.’
Schweinsteiger admits that after winning the World Cup in 2014, he felt that it was the right time in his life to hang up his international boots.
‘By winning the World Cup in 2014 we achieved something on a historic and emotional level that I cannot reproduce in my career.
‘That’s why it is right and reasonable to finish it and to wish the team all the best for the qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
‘With this decision, I leave the national team that has always been a precious family for me. I hope that the connection will still remain strong in one way or the other.’
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