Bowing out on a high! Lahm retires from int'l football
Germany captain Philipp Lahm has announced his retirement from international football.
After leading his nation to their first World Cup triumph since 1990, the 30-year-old has decided to bow out from Die Mannschaft on the biggest possible high.
In an open letter published on the German Football Association's (DFB) website, Lahm said: "Over the past season, I made the decision to end my international career after the World Cup, which I communicated to Germany coach Joachim Loew on Monday at breakfast.
"I am happy and grateful that the end of my career with the national team coincided with winning the World Cup in Brazil."
Decade of service
The full-back, who can also operate as a defensive midfielder, made 113 appearances and scored five goals over the course of 10 years of service to Germany.
Lahm, who turns 31 in November, made his international debut in 2004 in a 2-1 win over Croatia and signed off his Germany career in style with a 1-0 win over Argentina to capture his nation's first World Cup since their reunification.
DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach said: "Philipp called me this morning to inform me personally and I realised very quickly into the conversation that it was futile to try and change his mind
"He has been with the national team for 10 years. Not only is he an outstanding player, but he always been an absolute role model.
"I thank him for all that he has done for the DFB."
Lahm will now shift his focus to captaining his boyhood club Bayern Munich, who he joined as an 11-year-old in 1995.