Burki on Switzerland 'standby mode'
Borussia Dortmund keeper Roman Burki has decided to temporarily make himself unavailable for Switzerland selection.
Burki, 28, has managed nine caps for his country and is behind Borussia Monchengladbach's Yann Sommer in the pecking order for Switzerland.
The Dortmund stopper says he is in 'standby mode' and will end his self-imposed exile if he is needed by coach Vladimir Petkovic, but for the time being he wants his full focus to be on BVB's Bundesliga title bid.
"You may have already read it: I've decided to move into some sort of standby mode at least this year in terms of my national team career," he said in a post on his official Instagram.
"Be sure that this step is far from easy for me and that I have been thinking about it for a really long time. Even writing these lines is not easy for me.
"It was – and is – simply the greatest honour for me to be able to wear the jersey of my home country. There is no doubt about that, none at all!
"I enjoyed and loved every second I was allowed to spend on the grass with this team. And as I said, I do not rule out the possibility of further assignments in the future that would fill me with pride.
"Should distress be on the team, and I would be [deemed] the best possible alternative for the coaching staff, I would, of course, live up to my responsibilities and always help where I can. That's what I promised the association. And I stand by that!
"After six years and three tournaments for the Swiss national team, however, the decision has matured in me during the past few weeks to focus fully on my club, Borussia Dortmund, for the time being."
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