Joachim Leow joins the company of the great (©GettyImages)
Joachim Leow joins the company of the great (©GettyImages).

Philipp Lahm retires from international football

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Germany's World Cup winning captain Phillip Lahm has announced his decision to retire from international football.

Lahm, 30, has decided to quit the national team after playing every minute of Germany's triumphant 2014 World Cup campaign, which ended with a 1-0 extra-time win over Argentina last Sunday.

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Having lifted the trophy in Rio de Janeiro, the 30-year-old has decided to bring the curtain down on a stellar international career, which has seen him earn 113 caps since making his debut back in 2004.

Low informed

The Bayern Munich full-back informed manager Joachim Low of his decision on Monday, and it has finally become public knowledge this morning.

Speaking to Sport Bild, Lahm said: "I'd been thinking about it over the course of last season. I am delighted that things all came together with this World Cup win."

Vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger would seemingly be favourite to take over the now vacant captaincy, although there are a number of contenders from the side at the top of the international pile.

Bayern focus

The decision also means Lahm can concentrate fully on continuing his career at Bayern, having enjoyed some phenomenal successes in the club game over the past few years.

A versatile full-back who can also play in midfield, the former Stuttgart loanee helped win the Champions League in 2013, and also has six Bundesliga titles to his name.

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