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German captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from international football.
The Manchester United midfielder, who is rumoured to be on his way out of Old Trafford following the arrival of new boss Jose Mourinho, announced the news on his Twitter page three weeks after Germany lost to France in the Euro 2016 semi-finals.
"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," a message on the 31-year-old’s Twitter feed said.
Schweinsteiger won 120 caps and scored 24 goals for Germany in an illustrious international career the highlight of which which saw him lift the World Cup in Brazil two years ago.
He joined Manchester United from Bayern Munich at the start of last season but was out for long spells through injury and may be surplus to requirements this term as new boss Mourinho revamps his squad.
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