Ballack advised to quit international football

INJURED Germany star Michael Ballack has been advised to quit international football.

INJURED Germany star Michael Ballack has been advised to quit international football.

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says the midfielder should shelve plans to make a comeback to the German national team after the World Cup.

Ballack has been ruled out of the South Africa tournament due to an ankle injury and Hoeness believes that is a sign the Chelsea midfielder should bring his international career to an end at the age of 33.

“As a friend, I would recommend Michael to concentrate solely on his club after the World Cup,’’ he told Sport Bild magazine.


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“I don’t think it would be clever to set the European Championships in 2012 as a goal.

“Even if it is bitter, you have got to be able to realise when the time has come to say enough is enough.’’

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