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Schweinsteiger maintains soccer desire

dpa logodpa 30/08/2016

German soccer player Bastian Schweinsteiger insists he isn't retiring from the game despite bringing his international career to a close on Wednesday.

Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger insisted on Tuesday he is not considering retiring from soccer despite bringing his international career to a close in the upcoming friendly with Finland.

"I will definitely not give up playing football," the 32-year-old Schweinsteiger told reporters in Dusseldorf.

On Wednesday against Finland in Moenchengladbach, Schweinsteiger will earn his 121st and last Germany cap.

The midfielder admitted his Germany farewell would be "emotional" but insisted he can still contribute at club level despite being dropped from the Manchester United squad by new manager Jose Mourinho.

And Schweinsteiger hinted he could eventually move to play in America though said it wouldn't happen immediately as the MLS transfer window has already closed.

Germany start the defence of their 2014 World Cup title when qualifying begins against Norway in Oslo on Sunday. Coach Joachim Loew has said he will only announce who will replace Schweinsteiger as captain on Thursday.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is a strong contender for the role, as is his club teammate Jerome Boateng.

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