The German national team will play an international game to bid farewell to Lukas Podoksi and Bastian Schweinsteiger who are retiring from international football.

The match, which will take place on 31st August in Monchengladbach against Finland, was already arranged but the DFB are hijacking it to say goodbye to two of their senior statesmen. Can you hijack your own game? I guess not.

“Basti and Lukas have huge merits for the national team, the DFB and the German Football,” Joachim Loew told the official site.

LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 12: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mate Lukas Podolski during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Germany and Ukraine at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 12, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
LILLE, FRANCE – JUNE 12: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany celebrates scoring his team’s second goal with his team mate Lukas Podolski during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Germany and Ukraine at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 12, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

“I know that it means a lot to both, still around one last time for Germany.

“This shows how important the team is and was

“[It’s] too bad that in Mönchengladbach Lukas cannot play. I assured him personally that once he can take to the field [he can] and in the jersey of his fans.

“The fans of the national team want to see him play again determined.

“We will find an opportunity to catch up.”

Podolski is currently out with ligament problems and is not expected to be fit again until 5th September.

Poldi made 129 appearances for Germany, scoring 48 goals (with 31 assists) after being handed his debut by Rudi Voller. 15 of those appearances were at a World Cup (five goals, two assists), 14 in World Cup qualification (six goals, four assists), 12 at the Euros (four goals) and 25 in Euro qualifying (11 goals, seven assists).

For such an extremely limited and relatively lazy player, he isn’t half effective wherever he plays.

Schweinsteiger made 120 appearances for his country, scoring 24 goals and creating 39 in total. He was also given his debut by Voller.

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