FC captain Jonas Hector has ended his career with the German national team due to private reasons. The 30-year-old made his decision known to head coach Joachim Löw at the beginning of September in a personal discussion between the two. He also informed 1. FC Köln of his decision.
FC managing director Horst Heldt said: “We have a lot of respect for Jonas’ decision. Taking this step voluntarily shows what our captain is like: straightforward and courageous. All of us at FC are proud that his consistently strong performances over the years have led him to the national team, where he became a permanent fixture in Jogi Löw's team.”
Oliver Bierhoff, director of the national teams, said: “I have a lot of respect for Jonas’ decision. In addition to all of his sporting qualities, we have always valued his great character, calmness and his trust. With Jonas, you could also reflect on topics outside of football. He has never forgotten where he comes from and lived the values of our team. He will always be welcome in the DFB team, even after his career. I wish him all the best and success in his upcoming tasks with 1. FC Köln and personally.”
Jonas Hector made his Germany debut on 14th November 2014. He went on to make 43 appearances for the national team, scoring three goals. His decisive penalty in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 will remain unforgotten. Jonas Hector was part of the Euro 2016, 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup squads. In 2017, he played four of five games as Germany won the Confederations Cup. Jonas Hector made his last appearance for Germany against Northern Ireland on 19th November 2019.