Low backs Schweinsteiger, Podolski retirements

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski have picked the right time to bring their international careers to an end, according to Germany coach .

Manchester United midfielder Schweinsteiger will be given a testimonial by Germany on Wednesday, when they face Finland in an international friendly.

Former Arsenal forward Podolski will not be involved since he is currently sidelined with injury but he too will be given a testimonial at a later date as Germany honour two players Low says he will miss, but who have made the right decision in retiring.

“It’s a very good time for both of them [to retire],” Low said at a press conference on Monday. “Both of them have defined this national team and achieved great things, winning the World Cup.

“They will be missed as people because they have given so much to this national team, but on the other hand there is always the chance of a revolution taking place after a major tournament.”

Low believes that will happen now after Germany were beaten in the semi-final of Euro 2016.

He has promised to give some younger players a chance on Wednesday, with one eye on who might be a key player come the 2018 World Cup.

“Everybody knows the names of those on our long list, and they are Julian Brandt, Max Meyer, Leon Goretzk and also the two full-backs who played at the Olympics,” Low said.

“They have enormous potential, like Niklas Suler and Jonathan Tah. We therefore have plenty of players who can play an important role in the coming two years.

“We want to feed more young players with potential into the team. Of course the door is now wide open.

“We’ve got the Confederations Cup next year and I want to use that tournament as an experiment for the future.”

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