Just days after winning their fourth World Cup, Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning captain Phillip Lahm calls it a day from International Football on a high. Lahm, 30, hung up his boots barely five days after Mario Gotze’s solitary goal helped Germany to overcome Argentina in the finals of the 2014 World Cup.
Lahm is considered as one of the greatest ever players to have played the game. The German winger also got a pat on the back from his manager at Bayern Munich Pep Guardiola who said “Lahm is the best ever player I have worked with” leaving the likes of Lionel Messi and Andreas Iniesta behind Lahm.
The underrated right back who made his debut in the 2006 World Cup opener against Costa Rica and scored a goal too. Since then, he has appeared in 113 matches for his country and scored goals. With that, he becomes the fourth most capped German behind Legendary Lothar Matthaus, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski.
Lahm, after making his mind informed the decision to Jogi Low revealed that the retirement plans were on his mind for the past one year. He took the decision so that it provides a decision for the youngsters to get more opportunities.
The natural successor for Phillip Lahm would be Bastian Schweinsteiger. But Schweini, who turns 30 in a fortnight might also mulling some plans regarding his retirement from the Deutschland Die-Mannschaft and allow the young guns take the reins of the team. However, Lahm, who is also called as Magic Dwarf will continue to serve for his club FC Bayern Munich.