Germany Defender Per Mertesacker Announces International Retirement

Updated: 16 August 2014 08:57 IST

Per Mertesacker has become the third member of Germany's World Cup-winning team to announce his international retirement.

Germany Defender Per Mertesacker Announces International Retirement
Per Mertesacker said his dream now is also to help the Gunners clinch the Premier League title. © AP

Berlin:

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker on Friday became the third member of Germany's World Cup-winning team to announce his international retirement, claiming he wants to focus on winning the Champions League.

The 29-year-old, who won 104 caps, said his dream now is also to help the Gunners clinch the Premier League title after joining Philipp Lahm and Miroslav Klose in quitting the international scene.

"I wanted to be the one who decided when to close this chapter in my career," Mertesacker told Suddeutsche Zeitung in an interview to be published Saturday.

"The World Cup (where Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the final) was a golden conclusion to the best eight weeks of our lives."

He added: "Now I want to win the Premier League with Arsenal and also try and win the Champions League."

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