‘Recently, I asked the head coach to leave me aside for the national team, for I decided to finish my career in the squad. I’ve got 120 caps in the national team behind me, and I spent stunningly beautiful moments of success along with this team. Joachim Löw knew that having performed at Euro 2016 in France meant a lot for me, because I really wanted to win the competition. I’ve got to admit… it should have happened otherwise. Having won the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we reached a certain goal on historical and emotional levels, which cannot be repeated in my career anymore. This is why it’s the right and reasonable thing to do – to stop performing for the national team and wish them the best of luck in the qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2018. This is my decision, with which I leave the national squad; it has always been my family. I do hope the team will stay as strong as it is now. I’d like to tell the fans it was my honor to play for them. Thanks a lot for everything we went through!’, reads the player’s letter as posted at Twitter.
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s career for the German national team started in 2004. The midfielder scored 24 goals in 120 matches for the Bundesteam. He is also the holder of 2014 FIFA World Cup.