Former World Cup winner announces retirement at the age of 29

German forward André Schurrle has announced that he will retire from professional football with an immediate effect. Last week it was confirmed that the 29-year-old had agreed to terminate his contract at Borussia Dortmund on mutual consent. Schurrle has decided to call it a day, saying he has fallen out of love with the game.

“The decision matured over time. The depths became deeper and the highlights less and less,” he said of his decision. “You always have to play a certain role in order to survive in the business, otherwise you will lose your job and you’ll not get a new one.”

Schurrle started his career at FSV Mainz before moving to Bayer Leverkusen. In 2013 he became a Chelsea player and would spend 18 months at Stamford Bridge. He then returned to the Bundesliga to play for VfL Wolfsburg. In 2016 he became Borussia Dortmund’s record signing but he failed to settle in at the Bundesliga giants. He was then sent out on loan to Fulham and Spartak Moscow.

In total he has made he has made over 400 appearances in professional football, scoring 110 goals and providing 51 assists. He has also been caped 57 times for the German national team, scoring 22 goals. In 2014 he provided the assist on Mario Gotze scoring the only goal in the final of the World Cup against Argentina.