Philipp Lahm decided to retire from international football before World Cup

Philipp Lahm in action for Germany against Italy on November 15, 2013.
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Philipp Lahm reveals that he decided to retire from international football before Germany were crowned World Cup champions.

Germany World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm has revealed that he made the decision to retire from international football before the tournament in Brazil.

The 30-year-old has opted to walk away from the German side after they defeated Argentina to seal their fourth world title last weekend.

Despite making the decision last season, the full-back, who can also play in midfield, only told manager Joachim Low the day after Germany's triumph.

Lahm told newspaper Bild: "I told Jogi Low on Monday that I will resign. This decision came to me during last season."

Lahm made 113 appearances for his country following his debut in 2004.

Germany's defender and captain Philipp Lahm (front-R) holds up the World Cup trophy as he celebrates on with his teammates after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup final on July 13, 2014
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