Jan 8 (Reuters) - Former Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has announced in a newspaper interview that he is gay.
"I'm making my homosexuality public because I would like to advance the discussion of homosexuality among professional athletes," he told Die Zeit in an interview to be published on Thursday.
The 31-year-old is the first high-profile German player to publicly reveal that he is homosexual.
Hitzlsperger blamed his early retirement on too many injuries and transfers. (Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne; Editing by Ken Ferris)
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