Germany defender Philipp Lahm announced his retirement from international soccer today, ending his international career on a high note with a World Cup medal after defeating Argentina on Sunday in Brazil.
Lahm, who is versatile as a right back or defensive midfielder, will continue to play with his club Bayern Munich.
Here’s what the German captain wrote in his letter to the public:
“Dear soccer friends,
“Over the last season, I came to the decision to retire from international soccer after this World Cup.
“I informed Jogi Löw that I was retiring on Monday. I am happy and thankful that the end of my international career falls together with the win of the World Cup in Brazil.
“This morning I said my goodbyes to DFB-president Wolfgang Niersbach and thanked him for the great teamwork from Joachim Löw, Hansi Flick, Andy Köpke and Oliver Bierhoff as well as the whole team and all DFB-staff of the past 10 years.
“I’m on vacation for 3 days now and have the privacy and time to find mental closure for my international career.
“Thank you for the great time!