Germany captain Philipp Lahm on Friday announced his retirement from international duty, less than a week after leading Germany to its fourth World Cup title. The decision by the 30-year-old defender caught the country by surprise.
"This is the right time," Lahm told the news agency SID. "I decided that the World Cup in Brazil would be my last tournament." Later, he released the following statement: "I'm happy and grateful that the end of my career comes with the World Cup victory in Brazil. I've been on holiday for three days now and have had the time to mentally conclude my international career. Thank you so much for a wonderful time!"
The World Cup final was Lahm's 113th international cap. His Germany career spanned over 10 years and started on Feb. 18, 2004 in a 2-1 win against Croatia. The win in Brazil made him the fourth German captain to lift the World Cup, but he is the only one to have lifted it for a unified Germany.
Lahm will remain captain of German Bundesliga champ Bayern Munich; his contract runs until 2018. Read the original story...