The World Cup winning member and the current captain of the Germany National Football Team Bastian Schweinsteiger bids adieu from the international football.
Three weeks after the Die Mannschaft were knocked out from the Euro Cup 2016 after a disappointing defeat against the host nation France, the former Bayern Munich star and the current Manchester United midfield maestro has announced that he is stepping down from the captaincy of the national side as well as retiring from the international football.
— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) July 29, 2016
In a heartfelt note on his Twitter account, the 31-year old midfield general said, “Dear fans of the Germany national team I have just asked the national team coach not to consider me anymore for his national team selections in future since I would like to retire.”
Schweinsteiger made his debut for the German National team in June 2004 against Hungary and since then has earned 120 caps for his country. He played a pivotal role in the German side which won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and shortly after the tournament was awarded the captaincy of the Die Mannschaft, as Philip Lahm announced his retirement.
Apart from the World Cup, his 10-years long illustrious career includes a runners-up spot at the 2008 European Championship and two third-place World Cup finishes. Schweinsteiger holds a unique distinction of reaching the semi-final stage of the every major international tournament he took part in. In his glorious career for the national side, Bastian netted 24 times and won 81 matches, whereas 19 matches ended as undecided and 20 times he faced the defeat.
Schweinsteiger further added on his note, “My thanks go to the fans, the team, the DFB (German Football Association), the coaches and the Germany national team. I was able to run out 120 times for my country and experience moments which were indescribably beautiful and successful.”
Basti desperately wanted to end his career by lifting the Euro Cup trophy as he mentioned in his Tweet, “Jogi Lw knew how much Euro 2016 in France meant to me because I desperately wanted to win this title, which we have not been able to bring back to Germany since 1996. It wasn’t to be, and I have to accept this.
Although the memoir of the 2014 FIFA World Cup this midfield general will always cherish, “By winning the 2014 World Cup, we did something historic and also achieved something emotionally which will never be repeated againin my career. Therefore it is only right and sensible to call it a day now and wish the team all the best for qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, and for the final tournament.”
Finally, this fine gentleman and a true ambassador of this beautiful game thanked his fans and said, “To finish with, I would like to say to the fans ‘it was an honour to be able to play for you, many thanks for everything I was able to experience with you!’ Yours, Bastian Schweinsteiger“