BERLIN, Jan 22 (Reuters) - German international defender Jens Nowotny is retiring from soccer due to persistent injury.
“The latest injury clinched it,” the 33-year-old said in an interview with Kicker magazine published on its Web site (www.kicker.de) on Monday.
Nowotny made 48 appearances for Germany, his last being a 3-0 victory over Sweden in August. He also played in Germany’s 3-1 win against Portugal that clinched third place at the last year’s World Cup.
Nowotny was at Bayer Leverkusen for most of his career and played in 334 Bundesliga matches.
He most recently played for Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb but left the club earlier this month after being told he needed another operation on his left knee.
Nowotny said he planned to work outside football and dreamed of writing a fantasy novel for young people.