1 Bastian Schweinsteiger made a tearful farewell to his international career as he made his 121st and final Germany appearance in Wednesday night’s 2-0 win over Finland.The 32-year-old has brought an end to his celebrated Germany career after participating in seven major tournaments and winning the 2014 World Cup.The midfielder, who spent his entire career at Bayern Munich before moving to Manchester United last summer, would have been the most-capped Germany international of all time had injury not prevented him from appearing in what could have been 175 games for his country since he made his debut back in 2004.Still, 121 career appearances is no mean feat, and he was given a fitting send off by fans before, during and after the game, with the player in floods of tears throughout.Having announced his decision to retire after the nation’s elimination from the Euro 2016 semi-finals, ‘Schweini’, as he is affectionately known by German supporters, was granted a testimonial by the DFB and admitted he was touched by the gesture.“I’m pleased to have been given the opportunity to play a testimonial, he said in a press conference ahead of the match.“When the coach told me, I was delighted and of course emotional about it. I had great years here and feel deep gratitude for the games I was allowed to play for Germany.“I’m still very, very happy with the number of games I played for Germany.“There has been such camaraderie, a family feeling at the DFB and then the 2014 World Cup, and then to be captain.“As a little kid, you dream of such things so I’m pleased that I achieved it.” He shared the field with Mesut Ozil on Wednesday and the Arsenal forward paid tribute to a man he says he will miss when he reports for international duty in future.“We’re all sad,” Ozil said. “We know he’s a great lad and a great footballer who’s given a great deal for his country and you can see how grateful the fans are to have had a player like him.“We’re all delighted to have been able to play with him, and we’re very proud of him.“Of course we will miss him. He and Lukas Podolski, who we mustn’t forget either, had a great deal of positive energy all the time.”Watch the highlights of Schweinsteiger’s final game for Germany above!
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