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Germany Stalwart Retires From International Football

A Germany stalwart announced his retirement from international football on Sunday, just weeks after Die Mannschaft's shock first-round exit from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Click through the gallery above to see some other footballers who have retired from international football over the past couple of months.

Stuttgart forward Mario Gomez became the second star to retire from German national team duty, but his reasons differ to those of Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, who quit the national team citing racism within Germany's football association. 

The 33-year-old striker announced his decision on social media over the weekend, stating that he would like to clear the path for a younger generation of players.

"My time in the national team was not always easy, not always successful but it was beautiful," Gomez wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.

"But now is the time to make room and give the many young and talented players (coming through) the opportunity to fulfil their dream, to prove themselves, to gain experience and to achieve the best for Germany."

Gomez did, however, mention that he would come out of retirement, but only if Germany's coach Joachim Low sees a need "for improbable reasons" at the 2020 European Championship.

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In the striker's 11-year international career, he has scored 31 goals in 78 appearances for his country.

Do you think this the right time for the forward to call time on his career? Have your say in the comments section below. 

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