Summary

- Schweinsteiger retires from international football.

- Manchester United midfielder made 120 appearances for the 2014 World champions.

- Made 500 appearances for Bayern in all competitions.

Former FC Bayern München star Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from international football.

The 31-year-old Manchester United midfielder, who made 120 appearances for Die Mannschaft in a glittering international career, released the following statement on Twitter on Friday:

Dear fans of the German national team,

I have just asked the head coach not to nominate me for the national team anymore, as I would like to retire.

My thanks go to the fans, the team, the DFB, the coaches and everyone involved with the German national team.

I’ve been able to collect 120 caps for my country and had some incredibly wonderful and successful experiences.

Jogi Löw knew how much EURO 2016 in France meant to me, as I desperately wanted to win a title which we have been unable to bring to Germany since 1996.

It wasn’t to be and I have to accept that.

In winning the 2014 World Cup, we achieved something historic and emotional which I will never experience again in my career.

That’s why it’s right and reasonable to call it a day and wish the team all the best in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

I am retiring from a team that has always been like a precious family to me. I hope that this bond will remain in one form or another.

Finally, I would like to tell our fans: It was an honour to be able to play for you and thank you very much for everything I’ve been able to experience with you!

Yours,

Bastian Schweinsteiger