Germany captain, Bastian Schweinsteiger, has officially announced his departure from international football, after his 12-year career with the German International side.
Bastian earned 120 caps during his international career, and also helped his nation to FIFA 2014 World Cup victory.
The 31-year-old recently featured in Germany’s Euro 2016 campaign, but could not influence his team as much as he did in the world cup.
Schweinsteiger represented his national side in three World Cups and four European Championships.
By the time he was 22-years-old, he had already played 41 matches for the national side – a record at the time.
He made his national team debut in 2004 against Hungary, and played his last match in this year’s European Championship, where he captained his nation to the semi-finals.
Basti’s proudest moment in a German jersey has to be his 2014 World Cup triumph. The then 29-year-old battled it out in the final match, even soldiering on after sustaining an injury.
He announced his retirement on social media this morning.
This was the German’s official statement:
“Dear fans of the Germany national team, 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.
“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.
“Joachim Low knew how much Euro 2016 in France meant to me because I wanted to win this title, which Germany had not won since 1996. It was not meant to be, and I have to accept that.
“To win the World Cup in 2014 was a historic and also emotional achievement, which I will not be able to repeat in my career.
“This is why it is right and sensible to break away from the team now and wish the team all the best for qualification and the 2018 World Cup.”