Photo: Ex-Arsenal star sends emotional message to Man United man
Lukas Podolski sends a heartfelt message to Bastian Schweinsteiger after his retirement from Germany duty
Lukas Podolski has taken to social media to wish Bastian Schweinsteiger all the best after the Manchester United midfielder announced his retirement from international football on Friday.
The Manchester United man confirmed his decision to step down from Germany duty on Friday and retires as his country’s fourth most-capped player of all time on 120.
Schweinsteiger helped Germany win the World Cup in 2014 along with former Arsenal man Podolski.
The 31-year-old midfielder made his international debut in 2004 and holds the German record for European championship appearances, having played 18 times at the tournament and helping his country reach the semi-finals in France this summer.
And Podolski had a special message for the Manchester United man on Friday after learning about the midfielder’s decision.
Podolski posted the picture above of the duo celebrating Germany’s World Cup win in Brazil on his personal Instagram account and wrote: “Brother, best friend, teammate, roommate and World Champion. Together we’ve probably played over 100 games together, at least!
“Wearing the DFB jersey is the biggest honour and we’ve done it together in 4 European tournaments and 3 World Cups.
“I’ve enjoyed every single moment on and off the pitch with you. Our biggest moment we shared, neither of us can describe it, winning the World Cup together, the fourth star.
“Thank you for always being a leader, thank you for always giving everything for your country and thank you for being part of this legendary selfie.”
Schweinsteiger is due to report back to Manchester United to learn his fate under new manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.