Germany striker Mario Gomez has retired from international duty – though he has not ruled out a return for Euro 2020 if “the head coach is in desperate need for players”.
Posting on Facebook, Gomez said, “My international career was not always easy and I was not always successful, but the experience has been wonderful.
“It is now time for me to retire from the team and allow the group of young players coming through to have the opportunity to prove themselves and fulfill their dreams.
“I will only come back in the unlikely situation that the head coach is in desperate need for players for the European Championships in two years and I feel fit enough to join the team and help.”
Gomez scored 31 goals in 78 games for Germany, though only five in European Championships and none in the World Cup – including this summer’s showing, when the side made a disastrous group-stage exit.
The 33-year-old Stuttgart star was not part of the 2014 Germany squad which won the World Cup, and thus has not tasted success at international level, coming closest at Euro 2008 when Die Mannschaft lost in the final.
India’s under-20 side pulled off a famous upset on Sunday night, beating six-time champions Argentina 2-1 in the COTIF Cup 2018 in Spain.
The win is some coup for Floyd Pinto’s charges given his men had failed to register victory in either of their three previous games in the tournament.
But goals from Deepak Tangri and Anwar Ali helped them overcome the record six-time under-20 World Cup champions, who are managed by former Deportivo La Coruna, Lazio and West Ham wing-back Lionel Scaloni.
India had to play 40 minutes in the second-half with 10-men after Aniket Jadhav’s sending-off in the 50th minute.
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Former England captain Terry Butcher as stepped down as the Philippines’ head coach just five months before the Asian Cup in the UAE.
The 59-year-old leaves his post without taking charge of a single match after appointed on June 14. He admitted the project was something he could not make work.
“The vital issue for myself was to carefully build a robust plan to meet the football ambitions of the national team,” he said in a statement to Press Association.
“Regretfully, I’ve not been able to make this work in the way that I intended and I’ve decided not to continue in this role,” he added.
Team manager Dan Palami admitted it was ‘unfortunate’ that Butcher had difficulties adapting to the challenge.
“We understand and respect Mr. Terry Butcher’s decision not to continue with his role as national team coach of the Philippines,” Palami said in a statement.
“It is unfortunate, however, that Mr Butcher had expressed difficulty in executing his plans for the national team program,” he added.
Butcher’s assistant Scott Cooper will take charge of the team with the next major test in November’s AFF Suzuki Cup, the Southeast Asian championship, before January’s Asian Cup, where the Philippines are grouped with China, South Korea and Kyrgyzstan.