Berlin (dpa) – Germany’s World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm is to retire from the national team, it was confirmed Friday.
The 30-year-old Bayern Munich defender led his country to a fourth World Cup title in Brazil but has decided to step back from the team, his agent, Roman Grill confirmed to dpa following a report in Germany’s Bild newspaper.
Lahm and his team-mates returned to a hero’s welcome in Berlin on Tuesday after Mario Goetze’s extra-time goal earned a 1-0 win over Argentina in Sunday’s World Cup final.
Winning the World Cup is the pinnacle of Lahm’s career to date, which also includes a Champions League title, six Bundesliga titles and six German Cups.
Lahm began his Germany career in February 2004 with a 2-1 win away to Croatia. He went on to win 113 caps for his country and scored five goals, most notably in the opening game of the 2006 World Cup against Costa Rica.
Before winning the World Cup in 2014, Lahm claimed third-place in the 2006 and 2010 tournaments, and was runner-up at Euro 2008. He also played at Euros 2004 and 2012.