Germany team pays tribute to Enke

Published Nov. 18, 2009 10:18 p.m. ET

Germany players paid tribute to the late goalkeeper Robert Enke before the friendly with Ivory Coast, saying they were playing for their country, for the fans "but above all for you."

In an open letter released before the game, Enke's teammates called him a "good friend whose death brought us a little bit closer together."

Enke killed himself eight days ago after suffering for years from depression. He had not been selected for the game Wednesday because of a recent illness.

This is Germany's first game since Enke's death. Another friendly against Chile last week was canceled.