Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement from international football

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has retired from international football.

Since making his debut 12 years ago during a friendly against Hungary, the 31-year-old has made 120 appearances, scored 24 goals and steered Germany to victory at the 2014 World Cup.

A wonderful midfielder during his prime, Schweinsteiger leaves behind him a long-standing legacy that will cement his status as a national team legend.


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Making the decision to call time on his international career will have undoubtedly been a hard decision for the Manchester United star.

That's the impression you get from the emotional statement he released on Twitter anyway (see below).


He said: "Dear fans of the Germany National Team.

"I have just asked the head coach in future to not consider me for selection for the national team, as I would like to retire.

"I wish to thank the fans, the team, the DFB, the Germany coaches and team.

"In 120 international matches I could play for my country and experience moments that were indescribably beautiful and successful.

"Jogi Low knew how much the Euro 2016 in France meant to me, because I wanted to win this title we could not bring back to Germany for the first time since 1996. It was not meant to be, and I have to accept it.

"By winning the world title in 2014, we historically and emotionally succeeded in doing something no longer can be repeated in my career.

"The priority now is to make right and reasonable conclusion and to wish the team well for qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

"With the resignation, I leave the national team, which always has been a valuable family. I hope the link still remains in one form or another.

"Our fans I want to say at the end: 'It was an honor to play for you, thanks for everything I experienced with you."

Heart-wrenching, I think you'll agree.

Schweinsteiger's focus will now be on resurrecting his floundering professional career after being told by Jose Mourinho to find a new club.

The all-action midfielder has struggled for fitness in recent years and failed to impressed throughout his debut season at United as a result.

Interest will be high in Schweinsteiger, of course, but it would seem his days at the top are numbered unless he can shake off his many injury niggles.

A return to Germany could be on the cards, while pastures new in the ever-growing MLS is an option.

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