Olympics Trio in Germany Squad For Bastian Schweinsteiger's Farewell Match

Updated: 27 August 2016 00:04 IST

Julian Brandt, Niklas Suele and Max Mayer have been included in the squad for the friendly against Finland in Moenchengladbach, which will be Schweinsteiger's 121st -- and final -- appearance for die Mannschaft

Olympics Trio in Germany Squad For Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bastian Schweinsteiger made 120 appearances for Germany, scoring 24 goals. © AFP

Berlin:

Germany head coach Joachim Loew has called up three members of the team which lost the Olympic final in Rio for Manchester United reject Bastian Schweinsteiger's farewell international next Wednesday.

Inexperienced trio Julian Brandt, Niklas Suele and Max Mayer have been included in the squad for the friendly against Finland in Moenchengladbach, which will be Schweinsteiger's 121st -- and final -- appearance for die Mannschaft.

Despite having been banished to the reserves by Manchester United's new manager Jose Mourinho, Schweinsteiger, 32, on Wednesday vowed to stay and fight for a place at Old Trafford.

"MUFC will be my last club in Europe," the World Cup winner and Germany's captain wrote on his Facebook page.

"This is all I can say about the current situation."

Against Finland, Schweinsteiger will have the chance to show Mourinho what he is missing when he wears the white shirt for the last time in the friendly, a warm-up for their 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Norway on Saturday September 4 in Oslo.

Loew has left out the injured defender Jerome Boateng, strikers Mario Gomez and Lukas Podolski, midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and wingers Leroy Sane and Marco Reus.

As part of the 19-man squad, Bayer Leverkusen winger Brandt, Hoffenheim defender Suele and Schalke midfielder Mayer, who captained Germany in Rio, have been called up after losing to Brazil on penalties in last Saturday's Olympic final.

"Max Meyer and Julian Brandt have already trained with us and we want to have a closer look at Niklas Suele," said Loew.

"The three have deserved their call ups with some good performances."

Loew has included no strikers for the two internationals but Bayern's Thomas Mueller and Dortmund pair Mario Goetze and Andre Schuerrle can all play up front.

Germany squad

Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona/ESP)

Defenders: Emre Can (Liverpool/ENG), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia/ESP), Niklas Suele (Hoffenheim), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)

Midfielders/Forward: Karim Bellarabi, Julian Brandt (both Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (VfL Wolfsburg), Mario Goetze (Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira (Juventus/ITA), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/ESP), Max Meyer (Schalke 04), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal/ENG), Andre Schuerrle (Borussia Dortmund), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United/ENG), Kevin Volland (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund)

Highlights
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger announced retirement from international football
  • Schweinsteiger has been banished to reserves in Manchester United
  • He was part of the 2014 World Cup winning German team
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