Lukas Podolski

Mario Gomez retires from international duty


Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez has decided to retire from Germany duty shortly after their surprise group stage exit at the World Cup. The 33-year-old managed to feature from the bench in all three of Germany’s games at the tournament but his efforts were not sufficient to help them avoid a shock exit during the group phase.

“For me, a huge dream has come true with the World Cup in Russia. Even if the cut-off and the pathetic departure in the group-round [meant] we all failed. My entire career, I was allowed to play for the German national team. But when I had to watch 2014 [it] hurt, I finally realised how much [I was missing] the team and what a great honour it is for me to [play] for such a team. I wanted to experience these moments, these emotions. As a team and for me! I gave it all!” a statement read on his official Facebook account.

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