Philipp Lahm retires from International Football

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Philipp LahmBy Opeyemi Oladunjoye


Germany’s World Cup winning captain, Philipp Lahm has retired from international football.

The German newspaper, Bild said that Lahm had already informed the national coach that he wants to stand down.

“I told Jogi Löw on Monday already that I am retiring from international football,” he said. “The decision developed during last season.”

The president of the German FA, the DFB, Wolfgang Niersbach said: “Philipp has called me this morning and informed me personally about this decision. In the conversation I very quickly realised that it was futile to want to talk him out of it. He was in his 10 years playing for the national team not only an outstanding player, but always an absolute role model. I thanked him for everything he has done for the DFB.”

The 30-year-old made his international debut in 2004 and went on to play 113 times for Germany. He will continue to play for the German champions, Bayern Munich, where he also captains.

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