Rottenberg ends international career

Silke Rottenberg from newly crowned UEFA Women's Cup winners 1. FFC Frankfurt has announced her intention to retire from the international stage.

The Germany goalkeeper will play her last match for the reigning world champions next Thursday in the EURO qualifier against Wales in Kassel.

This also means that the 36-year-old who has 125 caps, will not be part of Germany's squad for the upcoming Olympic football tournament 2008 in Beijing.

Rottenberg, a three time European champion, lost her status as her home country's No1 keeper to Nadine Angerer (Djurgardens IF/Sweden) ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007. However, the veteran will still continue to play for her club outfit from Frankfurt until 2009.

Rottenberg received her first Germany call up in May 1993. Lately, she had permanently been plagued by different injuries.

Last Saturday, the 2003 and 2007 world champion had to be taken off at half-time of the UEFA Women's Cup second-leg final on home soil against Umea IK due to an ankle problem.

The keeper has also celebrated two German championships, three Cup wins and a UEFA Women's Cup victory in her remarkable career.