Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bastian Schweinsteiger

“I will definitely not give up playing football,” the 32-year-old Schweinsteiger told reporters in Dusseldorf. On Wednesday Schweinsteiger will earn his 121st and last Germany cap against Finland in Moenchengladbach.

The midfielder admitted his Germany farewell would be “emotional” but insisted he can still contribute at club level despite being dropped from the Manchester United squad by new manager Jose Mourinho.

And Schweinsteiger hinted he could eventually move to play in America though said this wouldn’t happen immediately as the MLS transfer window has already closed.

Germany start the defence of their 2014 World Cup title when qualifying begins against Norway in Oslo on Sunday. Coach Joachim Loew has said he will only announce who will replace Schweinsteiger as captain on Thursday.

“I don’t yet know who I will give the armband to,” Schweinsteiger said.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is strong contender for the role, as is his club team-mate Jerome Boateng.

Loew has promised Olympic silver medallists Julian Brandt, Max Meyer and Niklas Suele playing time in Moenchengladbach but also has an eye on his team for Oslo.

“The match against Finland will of course serve as a tune-up to the start of World Cup qualifying against Norway,” he said.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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