Garefrekes played an important role in Germany’s recent women’s World Cup 2011 campaign, featuring in the starting line-up of each game and taking over the captaincy from Prinz.
Kerstin has decided to concentrate on her club football with 1.FFC Frankfurt in the women’s Bundesliga.
Garefrekes commented on uefa.com “It was no easy decision for me, I have had lots of thoughts but have now come to the decision that it is the right moment to retire from the Germany team after the home World Cup. I now want to further my career step by step while at the same time continuing to play for 1. FFC Frankfurt.”
Garefrekes earned an impressive 130 caps, scoring 43 goals over her ten-year international career. She was part of the Germany team when they won the women’s World Cup in 2003 and 2007.