Philipp Lahm announces his retirement from international football

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The Sport’s Lobster today tweeted this breaking news as it was announced this morning that Germany captain and  World Cup winner, Philipp Lahm has retired from international football.

The 30-year-old German defender has been the consummate professional for his country and is a true leader both on and off the field. As Lahm looks to prolong his club career with Bayern Munich; he has taken this time to announce his retirement from the German national side.

Lahm may feel that he wants to see the curtain fall on his time as Germany captain in the best way, a World Cup winner. With the defender leaving the national side it opens up two positions – who will be Germany’s new right back and who will be Germany’s new captain?

The latter, I’m sure that Lahm himself will be involved in as he coincides with manager Joachim Low as to who would be the suitable replacement for Lahm who has carried German football forward over his entire career.

Speaking about his decision, Lahm said “I told Low about my decision to retire from international football on Monday. 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”.

“I gave DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach a call and thanked him and everybody else at the DFB for the last few years.”

He will continue to play for Bayern, having captained them to a historic treble of the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League in 2013, and he signed a new contract at the Allianz Arena this summer.

“There is hardly a better farewell than to be a world champion at the peak of your career,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

“But for the national team, it will not be easy to replace Lahm as a player, captain and a man.”

No matter who you support, none can qualm the brilliance and elegance of Philipp Lahm, one of footballs greatest.