Schweinsteiger took to his profile on Facebook to address the fans regarding the disappointment of the team to lift the trophy in France, despite being the favourites. The failure to do so was
The German football at the tournament was decent and even in the game against the hosts, the former Bayern Munich player says they were just unlucky. Schweinsteiger became the captain in 2014 and has played 120 games for the national team. He conceded the penalty that led to the first goal when he used his hand to block the ball in the 18 yard box. Antoine Greizmann converted the penalty and it became the beginning of the end for the German team.
The Manchester United player in his post didn’t address the reports that he is set to retire from international football, especially since he is 31 already and has been struggling with injuries of recent. In the open letter he posted on the German Football Association’s Facebook page, he wrote: “Dear fans, I have one word: pity. Our dream has not been fulfilled. We haven’t reached the final and there will be no magic night to follow the one in Rio.”
The captain went to add that they were not just lucky against France and that defeat were apart of the game. He congratulated the French team for reaching the final but added that he was proud of what they had achieved. He proceeded to thank the fans for their support all through the group stage to even when they were knocked out. He said as a team they were tighter as a unit and German football would be the better for it.
Schweinsteiger then thanked the host for their hospitality, security and extended good hands. He said they were able to get the best from their team as France turned out to be an outstanding host of the European Championships. On behalf of the team, he thanked the host and wished them a goodbye.