Women's World Cup: First DFB player explains after Aus's resignation
The 106-times national player Lena Goeßling has announced her retirement from the DFB women's national team. "I will not be available to the German national team in the future," she told the "Bild" newspaper. The 33-year-old came at the World Cup only one use - a disappointing record for the experienced midfielder.
"We lost the connection a little bit"
From her dissatisfaction with the personnel decisions of the national coach Martina Voss Tecklenburg she makes no secret.
"I said before the tournament that I was thinking about how the World Cup will go for me, how much time I get. Now it has been relatively easy for me to say: That's it, "explains Goeßling opposite the" Bild ".
Next she says that she made the decision when she "felt that no more was not built on me." She had "noticed that the coach did not count on me."
The reasons for the early World Cup finals in the quarter-final against Sweden sees Goeßling also in the strengthening of other nations. "The other countries have caught up a lot, you can see that not only the top nations are playing at a very high level, we have lost the connection to the top of the world a bit."
Voss-Tecklenburg: "Great respect"
Voss-Tecklenburg said in the evening on the website of the German Football Association (DFB), she has "great respect for Lena's decision." Goesling had "always given everything for the team and was always a very good role model for the younger players on and off the pitch."
Although the 33-year-old has not played often in France, "she has been leading throughout the tournament, providing exemplary support to the young players. This attitude is great and testifies to her strong character. "
DFB Vice-President Hannelore Ratzeburg said Goeßling had "significantly shaped the women's national team with their achievements and their positive attitude over the past eleven years, thereby doing a lot for women's football in Germany".