Germany grant Bastian Schweinsteiger one last match to say goodbye

Germany grant Bastian Schweinsteiger one last match to say goodbye

Bastian Schweinsteiger will make one last appearance for Germany despite announcing his international retirement after Euro 2016.

The out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder has been granted a farewell match in this month's friendly against Finland, by the German Football Association (DFB).

Schweinsteiger is set to appear in the game, in Monchengladbach on August 31, as an official send-off after 120 appearances for his country.

"It's going to be a special evening for me in Monchengladbach," the 32-year-old told the DFB website.

"I have a lot to thank the DFB and the fans in Germany for. I am really looking forward to this opportunity to play for Germany one last time."

The fixture would also have been used to bid farewell to Lukas Podolski, who brought an end to his international career on Monday, but since injury is likely to rule him out of the game a future fixture is set to be chosen for his testimonial.

"Basti and Lukas have done the national team and German football huge service," Germany coach Joachim Low said.

"I know that it means a lot to them both to play for Germany one last time. That shows how important they are and were to the team.

"It's a pity that Lukas cannot play in Monchengladbach. I've assured him that we will be able to say goodbye in person on the pitch again.

"The fans of the Germany national team definitely want to see him play again and we will find the opportunity to do that."

Schweinsteiger and Podolki made their Germany debuts together in 2004 during a friendly against Hungary in Kaiserslautern.

More in this Section

Draw sees 10-man Bohs bag Euro spotDraw sees 10-man Bohs bag Euro spot

Cup finalists Rovers seal Students’ fateCup finalists Rovers seal Students’ fate

Drogs’ vital late levellerDrogs’ vital late leveller

Cork City end home campaign on a highCork City end home campaign on a high


Sunday Lunch costs €45 per person and includes several set courses but with a choice of mains.Restaurant Review: Bastible Restaurant, Dublin

It never ceases to stop me in my tracks when I hear my husband intone to our children one of the oft overused phrases from my stockpile of, “Can you just not?” categories.Lindsay Woods: If my children feel I’m doing it wrong then I must be doing it right

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness — John Keats had it right about autumn.Eyes on the pies: Eight apple tarts put to the taste test

Simone Rocha invited ieStyle into her London studio for an exclusive look behind the scenes as she put the finishing touches to her acclaimed collection for Fashion Week. Rachel Marie Walsh reportsBeing Simone Rocha: An exclusive look behind the scenes

More From The Irish Examiner