Germany honor Schweinsteiger, Podolski with farewell games

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 16, 2016 9:38 AM

(Reuters) - Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski will be honored with farewell matches after announcing their retirement from international duty, according to a statement by the German Football Association.

Schweinsteiger revealed his intention to end his international career after winning his 120th cap in Germany's Euro 2016 semi-final defeat by France in July, and will have a final opportunity to say goodbye to supporters against Finland in Moenchengladbach on Aug. 31.

Podolski announced that he no longer wanted to be considered for international selection in a post on his official Instagram account on Monday (poldi_official), although due to a ankle injury, the date of his farewell match has not yet been confirmed.

"I know it means a lot for them to play for Germany one more time," German manager Joachim Loew told the federation's official website. ( "This proves how much the team meant and still means to them."

Both players were part of Germany's 2014 World Cup-winning squad. Podolski is Germany's third most-capped player with 129 appearances; Schweinsteiger has made 120.

(Reporting by Ed Dove, editing by Neil Robinson)