Schweinsteiger Retires From International FootballJuly 31, 2016
Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from international football.
The German midfielder broke the news on his Twitter and Facebook accounts on Friday morning, thanking everyone for “the great time” he had experienced while being part of the national set up.
“I have asked the head coach not to consider me for selection for the national team in the future as I would like to retire,” Schweinsteiger told his social media fans.
“I give my thanks to the fans, the team, the German FA and the coaches of the national team.
“In 120 international games I was allowed to have beautiful and successful moments beyond description for my country.”
Schweinsteiger made his international debut in 2004, playing at the Euros that year, and has been present in the squad ever since, collecting 120 caps for his country and scoring 24 goals. He played in every major competition at international level following Euro 2004, and played a starring role during Germany’s World Cup win in 2014.
He was part of a golden generation of German talent brought through at international level at a young age, alongside the likes of Lukas Podolski and Phillip Lahm, and later on Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller.
He has recently found himself among the substitutes for Germany in the last few years following their World Cup triumph, with the likes of Kroos and Khedira being selected as more mobile alternatives in central midfield.
He had spent the largest part of his career at Bayern Munich, having been part of their youth set up since he was a teenager, and made 500 appearances in all competitions for the German giants, scoring 68 goals. He collected many honours during his time with Bayern, winning the Bundesliga eight times, the DFB-Pokal seven times, whilst also collecting Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup medals.
He moved to Manchester United at the beginning of last season, but found game time limited under then United boss Louis van Gaal, mainly due to injury problems, and will reportedly be a high-profile casaulty under new manager Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager doesn’t see Schweinsteiger as part of his plans for the upcoming season, and he will be let go alongside a number of others, including Adnan Januzaj, Tim Fosu-Mensah and Tyler Blackett.