Lahm retires from international duty

German World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm has retired from international duty with immediate effect, ESPN has confirmed.

The 30-year-old capped a glittering international career in which he won 113 caps for the German national team by lifting the World Cup in Rio after the extra time win over Argentina. But it seems he has decided to go out on the highest of highs, as German media confirmed that he will not pull on the famous white shirt again.

Lahm made his international bow in 2004 in a friendly against Croatia. But it was in the World Cup on home soil in 2006 that the full back really made his name. Lahm scored the opening goal of the tournament with a memorable long range strike against Costa Rica, and went on to be named in the All-Star Team having played every minute of Germany’s campaign.

Lahm became national team captain in 2010, and was a World Cup ever-present again in Brazil as Germany became world champions for the first time since 1990.

Recognising the maginitude of the achievement, he said: “Maybe it’s going to take a few days, maybe a few weeks or months or maybe it will take a few years for the real meaning of this title to sink in. This is a gift; I can hardly sum it up in words. If ever I am named in the same breath as other great captains, then that will make me proud, but that’s still a long way away.”

Lahm returns to domestic duty shortly with Bayern Munich, for who he has played over 370 times in all competitions having come through the youth system at the Bavarian giants.

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