Germany World Cup-Winning Captain Lahm Retires

Captain Philip Lahm has drawn curtain on his ten-year long career with the Germany national team.

The 30-year-old, who made his international debut in February 2004 in a 2-1 win over Croatia, earned 113 international caps and scored five times for ‘Die Nationalmannschaft’.

His retirement from the national team was confirmed by Germany FA (DFB).

“I am happy and grateful that the end of my career with the national team coincides with winning the World Cup in Brazil,” said Lahm in an open letter on DFB website.

Philip Lahm Alights The Plane That Conveyed the National Team Back from Brazil With the World Cup Trophy  at Berlin's Tergel Airport. Image: AFP.
Philip Lahm Alights The Plane That Conveyed the National Team Back from Brazil With the World Cup Trophy at Berlin’s Tergel Airport. Image: AFP.

The Bayern Munich defender, career ended with the 1-0 World Cup final win over Argentina, which saw the Europeans clinch their fourth title in Brazil, therefore becoming the first none South American nation to do so in the continent.

Lahm had battled serious injury several times since making his Bayern debut in 2002, including a torn cruciate ligament- which sidelined him from play for six months- on his return from a two-year loan spell at Stuttgart.

The defender, who often time has played as a midfielder, now plans to concentrate on his club career.

He rang DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach this morning to tell him that he was calling a quit on his national team journey.

“Lahm wasn’t just a fantastic player, but also always an absolute role model,” Niersbach said.

“I very quickly realised that it was pointless trying to persuade him to reconsider his decision.

“I thanked him for everything that he’s done for the DFB.”

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