Schweinsteiger pulled on Germany’s iconic white shirt for the final time in the 2-0 friendly win over Finland and was left with tears streaming down his face during a presentation before kick-off:
— Thom Hill (@thom_hill) August 31, 2016
Schweinsteiger, who was substituted to a standing ovation after 66 minutes, made his Germany debut in June 2004 and ended his international career with 121 caps and 24 goals.
Despite being frozen out of the Manchester United first-team under Jose Mourinho, club captain Rooney was quick to pay tribute, with vice-captain Michael Carrick also following suit:
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) August 31, 2016
Have a good night mate, hope it goes well for you. Enjoy it. https://t.co/B0piGglleT
— Michael Carrick (@carras16) August 31, 2016
Having won the World Cup in 2014 with Germany, Bastian also hangs up his boots with the record amount of appearances for his country at the European Championships.
At the age of 32, and given the state of his club situation at United, this was probably effectively a goodbye to European elite football.
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