Bastian Schweinsteiger played his final match for Germany on Wednesday evening and team-mate Mesut Ozil thinks the national side will miss their captain.
The Manchester United midfielder showed his emotions as he appeared for the last time in Die Mannschaft colours in a 2-0 win over Finland.
Despite it being his farewell appearance, talk after the match was dominated by his Old Trafford future, with the 32-year-old seemingly left out of the picture under new boss Jose Mourinho.
“I’m the kind of person who lives on intuition. I don’t think of planning ahead, I like to live and enjoy the moment, ” Schweinsteiger said.
“I love football still too much and that means being on the field, playing, and that is what I am thinking about.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) August 31, 2016
“I’m enjoying it too much at the moment and I hope that it continues a few more years yet.”
Mesut Ozil, who played with Schweinsteiger on many occasions including his last match, paid a glowing tribute to the World Cup-winning captain.
“We’re all sad,” Ozil said. “We know he’s a great lad and a great footballer who’s given a great deal for his country and you can see how grateful the fans are to have had a player like him.
“We’re all delighted to have been able to play with him, and we’re very proud of him.
“Of course we will miss him. He and Lukas Podolski, who we mustn’t forget either, had a great deal of positive energy all the time.”