Monday, August 1, 2016
On Friday, German football captain and Manchester United F.C. midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger announced retirement from international football.
Debuting in 2004, Schweinsteiger has won 120 international caps, Germany's fourth all time most capped player. He was part of the German squad for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in France and became the first German to play eighteen Euro matches, surpassing the fourteen-match record of Philip Lahm. Schweinsteiger has played in four Euro tournaments — 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016.
Schweinsteiger said, "I have asked the national team coach to not consider me for Germany selection in future, as I would like to step down from the national team. I would like to thank the fans, the team, the DFB, the coaches and the national team’s backroom staff." ((de))German language: ich habe soeben den Bundestrainer gebeten, mich in Zukunft bei der Nominierung für die Nationalmannschaft nicht mehr zu berücksichtigen, da ich gerne zurücktreten möchte. Mein Dank gilt den Fans, der Mannschaft, dem DFB, den Trainern und dem Team um die deutsche Nationalmannschaft.Schweinsteiger won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He has featured in three FIFA World Cup tournaments — in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He has played 38 matches in major international tournaments, which is a world record. Schweinsteiger's last match in Germany's jersey ended in a 2–0 defeat against France in the Euro 2016 semi-final.
After Schweinsteiger announced his retirement, his former Bayern Munich teammate and German player Thomas Müller tweeted, "Thanks for 120 international caps with the @DFB_Team [German Team] and many great and shared hours with the national team" ((de))German language: Danke für 120 Länderspiele im @DFB_Team [Deutschland Mannschaft] und viele großartige, gemeinsame stunder bei der Nationalmannschaft.
== Related news ==
"UEFA Euro 2016, semifinal: hosts France beat Germany 2-0" — Wikinews, July 9, 2016
== Sources ==
Stefan Buczko. "German stars thank retiring Schweinsteiger" — ESPN FC, July 29, 2016
"Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger announces international retirement" — ESPN FC, July 29, 2016
"Bastian Schweinsteiger: Germany captain retires from international duty" — BBC Sports, July 29, 2016
Bastian Schweinsteiger. "Official Statement: Schweinsteiger tritt aus DFB-Team zurück" — Deutscher Fußball-Bund, July 29, 2016 (German)
Bastian Schweinsteiger. "Official Statement: Schweinsteiger retires from international duty" — Deutscher Fußball-Bund, July 29, 2016