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Football: Schweinsteiger favoured to become new Germany captain

Published on Jul 19, 2014 3:28 PM
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is draped in the national flag as he celebrates during a victory parade on July 15, 2014, at Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate to celebrate their Fifa World Cup title. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - German midfield general Bastian Schweinsteiger is favourite to become the World Cup winners' captain after the surprise international retirement of Philipp Lahm.

Schweinsteiger became a symbol of Germany's charge to a fourth trophy, battling on through the final victory over Argentina despite taking an elbow in the face that left blood pouring from a cut.

"Will miss you on the team, my friend! Had a great time! Thank you Philipp," said a Twitter tribute from Schweinsteiger to his Bayern Munich teammate after Lahm's announcement.

Lahm is quitting international football at the age of 30 having played 113 times for his country.

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