Bastian Schweinsteiger has expressed his enthusiasm ahead of his swan-song for Germany on Wednesday night.
The German made his international debut in 2004, aged just 19, and went on to make 120 appearances for Die Mannschaft, receiving the captain’s armband in 2015.
Schweinsteiger announced his retirement from the national side earlier this summer, and is set to make his 121st and final appearance for Germany against Finland on Wednesday might at Borussia Park.
The 32-year-old announced via social media that he was “looking forward to a special evening.”
After an ignominious few weeks, Schweinsteiger will be lifted by a game that will be forever known as ‘his game’, his final game for a side that he served brilliantly for 12 years, especially since his descent into anonymity under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
But one does have to ask: as the curtain falls on his international career, and as Germany embraces an era without Schweinsteiger, what lies on the horizon for the 32-year-old.
Jose Mourinho once again made it clear that Schweinsteiger lies firmly at the bottom of his midfield pecking order: Paul Pogba, Maruouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin all serve as more favourable options in the eyes of Mourinho. He will enjoy rightly recognised and lauded against Finland, but it seems as if a gloomy road lies ahead for the ostracised German.