Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff has rejected calls to stage a farewell friendly for the recently retired Michael Ballack.
The 36-year-old Ballack hung up his boots after a stellar career in which he picked up 98 caps for Die Mannschaft, scoring 42 goals, and helped the team to reach the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2008 finals. The midfielder's club career saw him turn out for Kaiserslautern, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Chelsea, winning four Bundesliga titles and a Premier League trophy, as well as numerous cups.
Bierhoff, a former standout German forward, believes that Ballack has now missed his opportunity for an international testimonial.
"I personally believe that the time for a farewell match is over," the 44-year-old was quoted as saying by Express.de. "First, we have few available dates [in the calendar]. So, I see no chance."
Ballack was offered two international matches in 2011 in an effort to take his tally to 100 caps, one of them to be against Brazil, but at the time, the midfielder vehemently refused the offer, after being ousted from the squad following the 2010 World Cup.
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