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Phillip Lahm wants midfield World Cup role

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Phillip Lahm has told reporters of his desire to play a central midfield role for Germany at the World Cup this summer.

"I feel comfortable in that position. It is something new, new situations in midfield and you face different situations from those as a full back," said Lahm.

However the Bayern Munich captain acknowledged that he would play wherever Germany coach Joachim Loew wants him to.

"I can imagine playing there in the coming weeks, months or years but I will always play where the coach thinks I am most needed."

Lahm has been regarded as one of the finest right backs in the world, but has been moved to central midfield this season by new boss Pep Guardiola. The transformation has been incredible and the German has been allowed to shine even more under his new role.

A string of injuries to German midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira could pave the way for Lahm to start in the centre of midfield at Brazil. Khedira is still recovering from a knee ligament injury and Schweinsteiger had suffered a long term ankle problem.

"There are still a few months to go until the World Cup and we will see who is fit, who is injured and who is in form and at the end of the day it is the coach who decides."

Fellow compatriot Lukas Podolski has been quick to sing the defender turned midfielder's praises.

"He stood out in the position as right back, he used to play on the left as well and now in midfield. There are not many players in the world who can be deployed in that many positions."


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