Lena Goeßling resigns from the German national team
Midfielder Lena Goeßling has declared her national team career over five days after the quarter-finals at the World Cup. As the 33-year-old told by the double-winner VfL Wolfsburg on the website of the German Football Association (DFB), she will be "in the future no longer available for the national team".
Already during the tournament, she was concerned with the idea: "It was important to me to determine the end of the chapter national team," she said. "For me, the time has come right now, so my focus is on the club and I've had a lot of great moments in the national team and I'm grateful to have been part of that story."
The Olympic champion of 2016 and European champion of 2013 denied since their debut in 2008 a total of 106 international matches (ten goals), at the World Cup in France came the most experienced player in the squad of national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg but not beyond the reserve role.
"My resignation from the national team has to do with the time during the World Cup, and I noticed that the coach has not put on me," said Goeßling the "Bild" newspaper. Missing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic football tournament in Tokyo played only a small part in their decision.
National coach Voss-Tecklenburg paid Goeßling "great respect" for her decision: "She has always given the team everything and was always a very good role model for the younger players on and off the pitch, even if Lena does not often at the World Cup in France played throughout the entire tournament and gave exemplary support to the young players. "
In the quarter-final defeat to Sweden on Saturday (1: 2), which was tantamount to missing the Olympics qualification for Tokyo 2020, sat Goessling the entire season on the bench.