Berlin: Benedikt HÃ¶wedes, a defender who helped Germany win the World Cup title in 2014, retired from football on Friday citing family reasons.
The 32-year-old HÃ¶wedes left Lokomotiv Moscow by mutual consent last month while the Russian league was suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.
HÃ¶wedes told German magazine Der Spiegel that football felt "suddenly so unimportant" for him after spending time with his young son on vacation, and that he had struggled to be away from his family.
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HÃ¶wedes played 44 times for the German national team from 2011-17 and played every minute for his team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
He came through the youth system at Schalke and played professionally for the club from 2007-18, including an injury-troubled loan spell at Juventus in 2017-18. HÃ¶wedes moved to Russia with Lokomotiv in 2018.
His announcement comes two weeks after another member of the 2014 World Cup-winning squad, Andre SchÃ¼rrle, retired at the age of 29 after Borussia Dortmund agreed to release him.
SchÃ¼rrle also had most recently played in the Russian league on a loan at Spartak Moscow.