FILE - The July 13, 2014 file photo shows Germany team captain Philipp Lahm as he raises the trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Germany won the match 1-0 to win its fourth World Cup title. According to German media reports on Friday, July 18, 2014 Lahm stepped down from the national team. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file) (The Associated Press)
FILE - The Nov. 15, 2013 file photo shows Germany defender Philipp Lahm controling the ball during a friendly soccer match between Italy and Germany at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. According to German media reports on Friday, July 18, 2014 Lahm retired from the national team - five days after he lead the team as team captain to its fourth World Cup title. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) (The Associated Press)
BERLIN – World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm has retired from playing for Germany.
The 30-year-old Lahm said on the federation's website he decided this past season to retire after the World Cup. He informed coach Joachim Loew on Monday.
Lahm played 113 games for Germany since his debut in 2004. He recently extended his contract with Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich to 2018.
Federation President Wolfgang Niersbach learned of Lahm's decision by phone Friday. He said it was "futile" to try to get him to change his mind. He described Lahm as an "outstanding player" and "absolute role model."
Chancellor Angela Merkel lauded the player who took over as captain for the 2010 World Cup when Michael Ballack was injured. She says she wanted to "express my great respect for what he has done."