New Delhi: Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger on Friday announced his retirement from international duty with immediate effect. The 31-year-old Manchester United midfielder, who won his 120th and final cap in Germany's 2-0 defeat to France in the semi-finals of Euro 2016, revealed the news on his official Twitter account.
“It wasn’t to be and I have to accept it,” he said in a statement posted on his social media accounts. “The historic and emotional high was winning the World Cup in 2014,” added the Manchester United player who had 13 seasons with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
His entire statement read, “Dear fans of the German National Team, I have just asked the national team head coach to not take me into account for the future, as I would like to retire. My thanks to the fans, the team, the DFB, the coaches and the German National Team.
“In 120 games, I was allowed to represent my country and the moments, the beautiful beyond description and were successful. “Jogi Löw knew how much Euro 2016 in in France meant to me. I wanted to win this title, the essential trophy missing since 1996, but we couldn’t get it to Germany. It was not meant to be, and I have to accept it.”
“With the triumph of the World Cup in 2014 that helped us historically and also emotionally, something in my career can’t repeat. This is why it is right and sensible now and to retire from the now before qualification for the 2018 World Cup and for that I wish them the best.”
“With the retirement I’m leaving the team, which I always have considered a precious family. I hope that the connection continues in the future in one form or another.” “In the end, to our fans I would like to say: ‘it was an honour for me to be allowed to play, thank you for everything that I was able to experience with you!’ Yours, Bastian Schweinsteiger”