MX23RW : Thursday, September 20 13:07:39

Philipp Lahm: 'I made my retirement decision before the World Cup

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm reveals that his decision to retire from international football was not affected by Germany's triumph at the World Cup in Brazil.

Former Germany defender Philipp Lahm has revealed that he knew that he would retire from international football before the start of the World Cup.

The 30-year-old played an integral role in his side's triumph in Brazil as they defeated Argentina in the final to claim his country's fourth world title.

Bayern Munich star Lahm has insisted that his decision was not affected by Joachim Low's side's success, as he feels that he poured every ounce of himself into achieving one of his main career goals.

He told the Daily Mail: "I knew it. It was clear to me before the tournament it would be my last one. It wasn't because we won the World Cup that I retired. I'd made my mind up before the tournament.

"I invested all my energy and capabilities in the World Cup as it was my last time and I didn't want to end up in a position where I might think I hadn't tried everything. That's how I approached the tournament."

Lahm made 113 appearances for Germany during his 10-year international career.

Share this article now:
Poland's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier between Poland and Montenegro at the National Stadium on September 06, 2013
Read Next:
Result: Poland battle to historic win over Germany
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Bayern Munich33009279
2Borussia DortmundDortmund32107257
3Wolfsburg32107437
4Hertha Berlin32105237
5Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach32105237
6Mainz 0532104227
7Werder Bremen31204315
8Augsburg31114404
9Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf31114404
10RB Leipzig311157-24
11Hoffenheim310256-13
12Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt310245-13
13Hannover302134-12
14Nuremberg302123-12
15Freiburg301248-41
16Stuttgart301237-41
17Schalke 04Schalke300326-40
18Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen300328-60

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account