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Wednesday, 24 April, 2002, 17:21 GMT 18:21 UK
Scholl hangs up international boots
Germany's Mehmet Scholl has told coach Rudi Vller he does not want ot be picked for Germany
Scholl told Voller he is in no fit state to play
Germany midfield player Mehmet Scholl is retiring from international football.

A day after ruling himself out of the World Cup because of injury, the 31-year-old Bayern Munich player says he wants to concentrate on club football in future.

"I am definitely announcing my retirement," he told the Munich-based Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

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Only for players like Zinedine Zidane do all the dreams come true
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Mehmet Scholl

"I've tried long enough to be an important player for the national team, but, apart from Euro 96, my career has taken a disappointing course.

"I was able to play with and against the world's best players, but only for the greatest, like Zinedine Zidane, do all dreams come true."

Scholl also missed USA 94 and France 98 through injury, and won only 36 caps despite making his international debut in 1995.

His last appearance for Rudi Voller's side was a 7-1 friendly win over Israel in February.

Strenuous tournament

Germany coach Voller tried to persuade Scholl to play in this summer's finals, saying he would not have to play in every game of the campaign.

But Scholl turned him down, saying: "Out of 55 possible games with the national team and Bayern Munich this season, I have only taken part in 17.

"I am not 20 any more, I'm 32 soon (16 October), and the World Cup is a strenuous tournament.

"I cannot just go there, play for a quarter of an hour and take a few free-kicks.

"If I had gone, I would have wanted to play well and be able to help. I could not guarantee that."

Scholl has been sidelined for much of this Bundesliga campaign.

In August he sustained an ankle injury, which kept him out for four months, and then his comeback earlier this year was interrupted by recurrent foot and back injuries.

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I'm not taking it easy playing for Bayern Munich
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Mehmet Scholl

But on Saturday Scholl played for 70 minutes against Hertha Berlin, although he said: "I would not have played on Saturday if Stefan Effenberg had not given his interview."

Effenberg was not selected for Saturday's match because of an interview with Playboy, in which he demanded benefit cuts for the unemployed.

Scholl said: "I more or less had to play. Actually, I had refused to play on Thursday, yet with the doctor's help I was able to play fairly well.

"I believe that I can judge best what has been missing, even though for people in the stands it might look as if nothing's missing.

"When I'm not able to turn to my left, my play is missing 50%.

"I had no choice (but to retire).

"I'm not taking it easy playing for Bayern. This is all about my health.

"I started my comeback too early after I had a surgery on my left ankle a year ago."

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