Germany World Cup hero Philipp Lahm retires from international football

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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Germany World Cup winner Philipp Lahm retires from international football following his nation's triumph in Brazil.

Germany captain Philipp Lahm has called time on his international career after guiding his nation to World Cup glory in Brazil.

The 30-year-old has bowed out a World Cup winner after Mario Gotze sealed a 1-0 victory in extra time for Germany against Argentina at the Maracana last Sunday.

According to newspaper Bild, Lahm has opted to walk away from Joachim Low's side after making 113 appearances for his nation.

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

Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (FRONT) prepares to make a save from Argentina's forward Rodrigo Palacio during the final football match o
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