The 30-year-old defender made his debut for Die Mannschaft back in February 2004 and went on to make 113 appearances for his country, scoring five goals in the process.
Lahm is one of the best right-backs in the world and probably the most consistent of his generation, and it is a credit to him that he has bowed out of international football on a high, wearing the captain’s armband as Germany won the World Cup for the fourth time in history in Brazil.
Footballing figures have been hailing the remarkable career of Lahm, who was converted into a defensive midfielder by Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola last season, and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has joined them.
thanks Philipp. thank you for everything. we'll miss you! // danke Philipp. danke für alles. Du wirst uns fehlen! pic.twitter.com/Ngm5zxYCay— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 18, 2014
Ozil himself is on course to establishing himself as a German legend just like Lahm. The 25-year-old former Real Madrid star made his debut for Germany in 2009 and was a key player in his country’s World Cup success this summer.
There have been criticisms of Ozil’s apparent inconsistencies and dip in form for the Gunners last season, but as the former Werder Bremen attacking midfielder exhibited in Brazil, he can step up his game and remains one of the most creative players in the world.