Germany captain, Philip Lahm, retires from national team

Philip Lahm

Lahm played 113 times for Germany.

Barely one week after returning victorious from the Brazil World Cup, Germany captain. Philip Lahm, has announced his retirement from international football.

The defender said he had been pondering the decision over the past season.

“I decided that the World Cup in Brazil would be my last tournament,” he was quoted as saying by German Bild newspaper as saying.

Lahm is reported to have told World Cup wining coach, Joachim Löw, of his decision to step down from international football on July 14, a day after Germany’s World Cup final victory.

The World Cup final was Lahm’s 113th international cap. His national team career spanned over 10 years and started in February 2004 in a 2-1 win against Croatia.

The victory in Brazil made him the fourth Germany captain after Fritz Walter (1954), Franz Beckenbauer (1974) and Lothar Matthäus (1990) to lift the trophy. But he is the only one to have lifted the trophy for a unified Germany.

The 30-year-old is expected to see out the rest of his playing career at German club, Bayern Munich. Lahm is captain of the record Bundesliga champions and has a contract until 2018.

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