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.