Former Germany captain Michael Ballack stepped up his sharp criticism of Germany coach Joachim Loew, saying he had already decided to quit the national team when Loew announced that the player had no future with the side.
The 34-year-old former Chelsea midfielder said on Sunday that he wanted to announce the decision himself.
Ballack and the German football federation (DFB) have been trading barbs ever since Loew made the announcement on Thursday.
The octopussies. The men, I mean.
“We agreed that I would make the announcement myself during the summer break.”