Boateng: I’ve not considered Germany retirement

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The 29-year-old Bayern Munich man has pledged to continue playing at international level

Germany’s unexpected early exit from World Cup 2018 has not put into doubt the international future of Jerome Boateng.

The reigning champions were eliminated from the competition at the group stage, which they had passed in every previous competition since 1938. 

Defeats against Mexico and South Korea sent them home with only three points, but Bayern Munich centre-back Boateng has insisted that he still has the desire to play on at international level.

“It was never a topic for me,” he told Welt am Sonntag when asked about any potential retirement plans that he may have. 

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“As long as nobody comes to me and says that everything will be completely changed and that they don't plan with me anymore, of course I want to continue playing.”

Boateng was a member of the Germany squad that beat Argentina to claim the World Cup in 2014 and at 29 appears to have the desire to go on and play at Qatar 2022 if at all possible.

The Berlin-born defender has won 73 caps for his country and has scored a single goal – the opener against Slovakia in a 3-0 win at Euro 2016.

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