Germany's World Cup winner Schurrle announces retirement at 29

Having signed for Borussia Dortmund in 2016, he spent the last two campaigns on loan at Fulham and Spartak Moscow before terminating his contract with the Bundesliga club.

Schurrle and Borussia Dortmund mutually agreed to terminate the contract with one year left on the deal.   -  Getty Images

Andre Schurrle, who won the FIFA World Cup with Germany, has confirmed his retirement at the age of just 29.

Earlier this week the forward's contract at Borussia Dortmund was mutually terminated a year early, Schurrle having made 33 Bundesliga appearances across two seasons for the club since joining in 2016. He spent the last two campaigns on loan at Fulham and Spartak Moscow.

Now he has confirmed he is stepping away from the sport for good.

Schurrle wrote on his Instagram, "I want to let you know that I'm stepping away from playing professional football.

"On behalf of myself and my family I want to thank everybody who was a part of these phenomenal years! The support and love you shared with me was unbelievable and more than I could have ever asked for!

 

"Now I'm ready and open for all the beautiful possibilities that are coming towards me"

It was Schurrle who delivered the cross from which Mario Gotze scored the extra-time winner in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina.

He won 57 caps for his country, scoring 22 times, and also played for Bayer Leverkusen, Chelsea and Wolfsburg.

In an interview with Der Spiegel he explained he had now fallen out of love with the game.

He said, "The decision matured in me for a long time. The depths became deeper and the highlights less and less."

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