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Germany to bid farewell to Schweinsteiger, Podolski

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(FILES) This file photo taken on June 26, 2016 shows Germany's forward Lukas Podolski celebrating at the end of the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Germany and Slovakia at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq near Lille on June 26, 2016. The 31-year old forward, who became World champion with his team in 2014, announced on August 15, 2016 that he will retire from the German national football team. PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 26, 2016 shows Germany’s forward Lukas Podolski celebrating at the end of the Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Germany and Slovakia at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq near Lille on June 26, 2016. The 31-year old forward, who became World champion with his team in 2014, announced on August 15, 2016 that he will retire from the German national football team.<br />PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP

Germany will pay tribute to the international careers of former captain Bastian Schweinsteiger and forward Lukas Podolski with farewell matches in their honour.

2014 World Cup winners, Schweinsteiger and Podolski, after 120 and 129 appearances for their country respectively, have called time on playing at the highest level in the aftermath of Euro 2016.

Germany’s friendly match against Finland in Monchengladbach on August 31 will be played under the banner ‘Servus, Basti’ (Goodbye, Basti), with the Manchester United midfielder set to make a final international appearance.

“It will be a special evening for me in Monchengladbach and I have a lot to thank DFB [German Football Federation] and the Germany fans for,” Schweinsteiger said on the DFB’s official website.

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to put on the Germany shirt one last time.”

Podolski,who confirmed his Germany retirement on Monday, is unavailable for that match after sustaining an injury in the Turkish Super Cup clash between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, but coach Joachim Low offered assurances that a similar tribute – ‘Tscho, Poldi’ (Cheers, Poldi) – will be planned for him.

“Bastian and Lukas have rendered a great service to the German national team, the DFB and German football,” said head coach Joachim Low. “I know that it will mean a lot to both of them to play for their country one last time. It really shows how important the national team has been for them.

“It is a shame that Lukas can’t play inMonchengladbach. However, I assured them that he will be able to personally say goodbye to the fans on the pitch one last time.”

• Culled from Soccerway.com


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