Mertesacker becomes third German player to retire from international football
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has reportedly retired from international football, becoming the third member of Germany's World Cup-winning squad.
The 29-year-old reportedly revealed that last month's 1-0 win in the World Cup final against Argentina marked the end of his 10-year career with the national side.
Mertesacker, who won 104 caps, said that the World Cup in Brazil was a golden conclusion, The BBC reported.
He follows Philipp Lahm and Miroslav Klose in calling time on his Germany career.
The defender said that he wanted to be the one to determine the end of this chapter, adding that the World Cup had been the eight best weeks of their lives.
The former Hannover and Werder Bremen centre-back is now looking ahead to the new Premier League season with Arsenal, which kicks off against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Mertesacker also said that he wants to win the Premier League with Arsenal and also take a shot at the Champions League.
(Posted on 16-08-2014)