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Wagner retires from Germany duty after World Cup snub

17 May 2018

A Germany striker announced his surprise retirement from worldwide football on Wednesday after he was snubbed for a place in his country's provisional 27-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Wagner, 30, joined Bayern from Hoffenheim in January to increase his chances of playing in Russian Federation.

"I hereby resign immediately from the national team", Wagner told Bild. Wagner made his Germany debut in June 2017 and scored five goals in eight appearances, but that will apparently be the extent of his global career.

"For me, it is clear that I do not seem to fit with the coaching team with my way - always open, honest and direct to address things". Although uncapped at senior level, Petersen was the top scorer at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, when Germany won the silver medal.

"I would be lying if I said I am not disappointed".

The former "utility player" has filled the gap left by Philipp Lahm in Bayern easily, and coach Loew would be expecting Kimmich to do the same for his country at the upcoming World Cup.

Wagner made his debut for Germany in June, scoring five goals in eight games. While Joachim Loew and his staff opted to name injured Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng in the World Cup squad, the abundance of talent meant they were forced to leave out two stars who were responsible for Germany's extra-time victory in 2014 final - Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle.

Wagner retires from Germany duty after World Cup snub