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Lahm to retire from Germany's squad

CCTV.com

07-19-2014 16:23 BJT

Germany's World Cup winning captain is set to hang-up his boots from international football. Reports out of the country claim that Philip Lahm is ready to retire from the national team -- and if it is true, he goes out on top, helping Die Mannschaft win their fourth world title.

The 30-year-old has been playing for Germany's national team for the last decade and earned 113 caps for his country. He took the captain's armband in 2010, and led the squad to a World Cup title last week in Brazil. He has apparently informed head coach Joachim Loew about his decision. Lahm will continue to play for Bayern Munich, who are the two-time defending Bundesliga champions.

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Germany's World Cup winning captain is set to hang-up his boots from international football.

"I was quite disappointed, a bit sad even. Because Philipp was not only a world class player, but also an exemplary captain. He is a role model in his entire being. And saying good-bye after his 113th international and winning the title, I can somewhat understand his decision to do it now," said Wolfgang Niersbach, German F.A. president.

"I read this about Philipp Lahm. And I want to use the opportunity to mention my huge respect for him and for his contribution to the German national soccer team. Because becoming world champion in soccer is certainly a team effort but the captain plays a big role in this as well," said Angela Merkel, Germna chancellor.

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