Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski have been granted a final game for the German national team by the DFB, as the pair announced their retirement from international football after the recently concluded Euro 2016.
Schweinsteiger is a legend in Germany, and is seen as one of the greatest players to have ever played for the national team. He is their fourth most capped player, having earned a total of 120 caps, and has scored 24 goals in a career spanning 12 years. He made his debut for his country in 2004, in a game against Hungary.
He will be fondly remembered for his lung-busting, incredibly passionate performance for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.
Podolski also made his debut in 2004, and has won 129 caps for his country since then, scoring 48 goals. He will be remembered for scoring the fastest goal in German national team history, finding the net only 9 seconds into the country’s 4-2 win over Ecuador in 2013. It was also the second fastest goal in the history of the international game.
He is likely to miss the game through injury, but should be granted another chance to play his last game for his country.
“It’s going to be a special evening for me in Monchengladbach,” Schweinsteiger told the DFB website.
“I have a lot to thank the DFB and the fans in Germany for. I am really looking forward to this opportunity to play for Germany one last time.”
Germany coach Joachim Low honored the pair, saying:
“Basti and Lukas have done the national team and German football huge service.
“I know that it means a lot to them both to play for Germany one last time. That shows how important they are and were to the team.
“It’s a pity that Lukas cannot play in Monchengladbach. I’ve assured him that we will be able to say goodbye in person on the pitch again.
“The fans of the Germany national team definitely want to see him play again and we will find the opportunity to do that.”