Per Mertesacker Retires from International Football: Latest Details and Reaction

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2014

Germany's Per Mertesacker celebrates with the trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Germany won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is the latest figure to announce his retirement from international football just a month after winning the 2014 World Cup.

The Daily Mail confirmed the German centre-back would no longer be a part of Die Mannschaft, ending his involvement with the national team after 104 caps:

ESPN FC adds that Mertesacker becomes the third member of Germany's World Cup-winning squad to call it a day, Philipp Lahm and Miroslav Klose being the other two retirees:

It may strike as a strange decision to some, given that Mertesacker is only 29 and will have been expected to play a big role in Low's hopes of claiming another scalp at Euro 2016.

He played an instrumental role in seeing the German back line restrain some of the globe's highest powers in Brazil, with OptaFranz illustrating just what a talent he proved himself to be:

However, the heights of winning a World Cup is a tough achievement to beat, and so one can also understand as to what may have influenced the defender's decision.

Mertesacker also has an eye on the bigger picture of life, apparently, with Ben Lyttleton of Soccernomics providing a heartening quote from the stalwart, putting silverware into a greater perspective:

Arsenal will be among those with more reason to be happy regarding the decision, with Mertesacker now free to focus his craft on matters at the Emirates Stadium. 

There, he'll hope to engineer a new state of success for the Gunners, with Arsene Wenger hoping that his centre-back partnership alongside Laurent Koscielny can continue to flourish during the 2014-15 season.