Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement from international football
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.