Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement from international football

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13:  Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany kisses the World Cup trophy after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
August 1, 2016

Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from international football.

Three weeks after Germany were knocked out of Euro 2016 following a semi-final defeat against France, Schweinsteiger 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 Manchester United midfielder announced on Twitter.

It also looks likely that Schweinsteiger will be looking for a new club after he was omitted from United’s squad for Saturday’s friendly with Galatasaray in Gothenburg.

Schweinsteiger won 120 caps for Germany having made his debut in June 2004. A decade later he was part of the team who 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, 31, reached the semi-final of every major tournament in which he was involved, with his overall record standing at 81 wins, 19 draws and 20 defeats. He also scored 24 times for Germany.

Courtesy-The Guardian

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