Germany’s World Cup-winning captain, Philipp Lahm, has retired from international football.
The German newspaper, Bild, broke the story that Lahm has retired at the best moment of his international career – as World Cup champion.
Lahm has now confirmed it: "I already told Joachim Low on Monday, that I will retire from the national team. I came to this decision during the last season."
Cources close to Lahm’ leaked the information that the 30-year-old, who raised Germany’s World Cup trophy, will never play for his country again.
The 30-year-old was the main leader in the Germany squad and Joachim Low’s ‘right hand’, but the coach now needs to continue without his captain.
Lahm has made 113 national team appearances for Germany and played his third World Cup in Brazil. He is likely to make the Team of the Tournament again after appearing in it in 2006 and 2010 already.
The right-back also played the EURO 2004, 2008 and 2012, and was voted into the UEFA Team of the Tournament for the latter two.
He became Germany captain in 2010 after Michael Ballack had to withdraw from the World Cup squad for South Africa.
In Brazil, Lahm joined Fritz Walter, Franz Beckenbauer and Lothar Matthaeus to become Germany’s fourth World Cup-winning captain.
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