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World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm will no longer play for Germany

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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."

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