Germany and Manchester United star, Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from international football, Complete Sports Nigeria reports.
Three weeks after Germany were knocked out of Euro 2016 following a 2-0 semi-final loss to France, the former Bayern Munich midfielder has said he is stepping down as captain of the national team and ending his international playing career.
In a statement released on his Twitter page, Schweinsteiger said:
“Dear fans of the Germany national team. I have just asked the national team coach not to consider me any more for his national team selections in future since I would like to retire.”
Schweinsteiger made his senior international debut for Germany in 2004.
He appeared in three FIFA senior World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014) and four European Championships (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016) with Germany.
He helped Germany win the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil 2014.
In 2013, he was also a member of the Bayern Munich squad that defeated Bundesliga rivals, Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the final to lift the UEFA Champions League.