Bastian Schweinsteiger would not be forced into a decision on his future with Germany but admitted he would have to take a step back and think about it.
The Manchester United midfielder started their 2-0 defeat at the hands of France on Thursday night but was only selected due to an injury to Sami Khedira.
Having replaced the Juventus midfielder in the win on penalties over Italy, Joachim Low opted to started the 31-year-old and he held up his side of the bargain by putting in a shift that many thought he was not capable of anymore.
Speaking after the gut-wrenching loss to France, Schweinsteiger says his future with Germany will merit careful consideration:
“I tried to put all my energy into the tournament,” he said.
“It wasn’t that easy after those two injuries. The elimination is definitely very disappointing, but the team will continue on its path.”
Schweinsteiger said he has yet to make a decision as to whether he wants to play on for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, telling reporters: “I first need to take a step back now and think about it.”
At this point in time, all the noise coming out of Old Trafford is speculation. Whether or not Jose Mourinho sticks with Schweinstieger, Juan Mata and Memphis Depay amongst others are issues that will become clearer as pre-season continues.
If Schweinsteiger proves his fitness, he could offer his leadership role in the centre of midfield that could prove priceless as Mourinho tries to imprint his style on the squad. However, if Mourinho think the German captain is not capable of playing a significant role, he might let him pursue other opportunities.
Paul Pogba’s rumoured move could change everything at Man United as his presence and ability to play 40 games a season would prevent the likes of Schweinstieger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Marouane Fellaini the requisite playing time they all probably believe they deserve.