Thomas Muller hints at international retirement after World Cup exit

Tom Gott
Muller's international career may be over
Muller's international career may be over / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

Thomas Muller has confessed he does not know whether he has played his last match for Germany after Die Mannschaft were eliminated from the 2022 World Cup at the group stage.

Germany needed Japan to lose to Spain to have any hope of qualifying on Thursday evening, but a shock 2-1 victory for the Samurai Blue rendered Germany's 4-2 win over Costa Rica meaningless.

After the game, Muller gave a speech which had many fans fearing it could be a final goodbye.

"It's ab absolute disaster," Muller told reporters. "I don't know how to move forward.

"If that was my last game, then I would like to say a few words to the German football fans. It was an enormous pleasure. Thank you very much. I always tried to show heart on the pitch. Something they were tears of joy, sometimes pain. I did it with love.

"I need to think about everything now."

Muller is seventh on Germany's all-time top scoring charts with 44 goals, while he's also tied for eighth in the World Cup's scoring charts, having scored ten goals alongside the likes of Gary Lineker and Gabriel Batistuta.

Since his debut for Germany in 2010, Muller has racked up 120 appearances for his country and he was an integral part of the side that won the World Cup in 2014.