Philipp Lahm retires from international football with Germany

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Germany captain Philipp Lahm has announced his retirement from international football with Germany after leading them to their fourth World Cup victory, according to the Daily Mail.

Lahm is quoted as having said: "I am happy and grateful that the end of my career with the national team coincides with winning the World Cup in Brazil."

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DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach stated: "Philipp called me this morning and personally informed me of this step. I very quickly realised that it was pointless trying to persuade him to reconsider his decision.

 "He was not just a superb player for 10 years in the national team, but also a complete role model. I thanked him for everything that he's done for the DFB."

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Lahm's Germany record

The 30-year-old made 113 appearances for Germany, scoring five goals, having made his debut in 2004 in a 2-1 defeat to Croatia. Lahm will continue to play for Bayern Munich, the club that he joined at 11-years-old and in 2011 he was made the captain of.

The versatile full-back is one of the most decorated players in Europe having won six Bundesliga titles, six DFB-Pokal trophies, a Champions League trophy in 2013 and now a World Cup with Germany.

Lahm played every minute of the tournament this summer, providing two assists and completing 86.3 per cent of his passes in the seven matches he played in. He had been playing as a defensive midfielder for Bayern last season under Pep Guardiola, but reverted to his right-back for Germany during the tournament. 

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