Ger­many’s cap­tain re­signs from in­ter­na­tional play

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— Ger­many cap­tain Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger an­nounced Fri­day that he is re­tir­ing from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball af­ter mak­ing 120 ap­pear­ances over 12 years.

“I have just asked the coach not to nom­i­nate me any­more for the national team, be­cause I would like to step back,” the 31-year-old Sch­we­in­steiger said on Twit­ter. “We achieved some­thing his­toric and emo­tional in win­ning the World Cup ti­tle in 2014, some­thing that can’t be re­peated in my ca­reer. That’s why it’s right and rea­son­able to call it a day and to wish the team all the best for qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the 2018 World Cup.”

Sch­we­in­steiger ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment at the team’s fail­ure to win this year’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship — Ger­many lost to France in the semi­fi­nal — but he re­mem­bered “moments that were un­be­liev­ably special and suc­cess­ful.”

The com­bat­ive mid­fielder pro­duced an in­spired per­for­mance to help Ger­many beat Ar­gentina in the 2014 World Cup fi­nal in Brazil.

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