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World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm has retired from international football

“It’s the right time for me,” the 30-year-old Bayern Munich defender told his agent.

Lahm's 113th and final international appearance came at the Maracanã last Sunday.
Lahm's 113th and final international appearance came at the Maracanã last Sunday.
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GERMANY CAPTAIN PHILIPP Lahm has retired from international football, days after leading the country to their fourth World Cup win.

The announcement comes with immediate effect after Mario Götze sealed a 1-0 victory for Germany in extra time against Argentina at the Maracanã last Sunday.

The 30-year-old Bayern Munich defender has played 113 times for Germany, scoring five goals.

“It’s the right time for me,” the player was quoted as telling his agent Roman Grill.

“I made the decision that the World Cup in Brazil would be my final tournament,” Lahm said.

Lahm said that he was leaving “in perfect harmony” with the German Football Federation (DFB).

Lahm was the undisputed leader of the German team and a close confidant of coach Joachim Löw during the World Cup.

The full-back, who will continue playing club football for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, made his international debut in 2004 against Croatia.

His contract with Bayern runs until 2018.

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