Germany boss dismisses retirement talk for Schweinsteiger

Joachim Low has denied claims that Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger could retire from international football after this summer’s European Championships.

The 31-year-old has battled for fitness with Manchester United this season and although he is underdone going into friendlies with England and Italy, Low insists there is no reason why he cannot have an impact.

There have been suggestions that Schweinsteiger could call time on his playing days with the German side after Euro2016, just as Philipp Lahm and Per Mertesacker did following the 2014 World Cup, but Low feels he still has much more to offer to the team he has played 114 times for.

“No, there isn’t [any arrangement], as it isn’t something I would generally do before a tournament,” Low said in interview with SID regarding the talk of retirement.

“For me this isn’t a question at the moment.

“Bastian Schweinsteiger has been injured lately, so obviously he will have to recover first, because at the moment he isn’t 100 per cent and there is no way he can be right now.

“However, there is still a relatively long time until the start of the tournament and he also didn’t really complete a full training session with the squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup, but he recovered well and was present for the important matches.

“He knows his body well and knows what he has to do. He is still highly ambitious and will continue to perform well.”

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