Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from international football.
Schweinsteiger released the news of his decision on his official social media account on Friday.
— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) July 29, 2016
With this retirement, I am leaving the national team which has always been a valuable family to me. I hope that this bond will remain in one form or another.
“I have asked Joachim Low in the future to no longer consider me for the national team,” Schweinsteiger stated.
“My thanks go to the fans, the team, the DFB [German Football Association], the coaches and the Germany national team.
“I was able to run out 120 times for my country and experience moments which were indescribably beautiful and successful.
“Jogi Low 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.
“With this retirement, I am leaving the national team which has always been a valuable family to me. I hope that this bond will remain in one form or another.
“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.”
Bastian Schweinsteiger has played his last game for 🇩🇪— UEFA EURO (@UEFAEURO) July 29, 2016
World Cup 🏆: 2014
EURO 🥈: 2008
Danke, Basti! pic.twitter.com/Fn0dSz0jbY
The Manchester United midfielder won his 120th cap in Germany’s 2-0 defeat to France in the semi-finals of the European Championship.
The 31-year-old was a key part of the Germany team which won the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
Schweinsteiger, who made his international debut in 2004 retires as Germany’s fourth most-capped player of all time on 120 caps- behind Lothar Matthaus, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski.
Thank you 😘🏆🇩🇪 I will miss you 😜 pic.twitter.com/igX2lpVH6g— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) July 29, 2016
FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 29, 2016