Lukas Podolski pays tribute to Germany teammate Philipp Lahm

Lukas Podolski says that it has been a "pleasure" to play alongside Philipp Lahm after the Bayern Munich star announced his retirement from international football.

Lukas Podolski has hailed Philipp Lahm after the Germany World Cup-winning captain announced his retirement from international football.

The 30-year-old has opted to walk away from Joachim Low's side after guiding his nation to their fourth world title following a 1-0 victory over Argentina in the final in Brazil last Sunday.

Podolski, who was also part of the World Cup-winning squad, wrote on Twitter: "Ten years in the national team, three years for Bayern - Philipp It was a pleasure to play in one team with you."

Lahm, who earned 113 caps for Germany, will continue playing his club football at Bayern Munich.

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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