Philipp Lahm has been named Germany’s honourary captain by the DFB, making him only the sixth player in history to join the prestigious club.
Lahm joins an elite list that includes Fritz Walter, Uwe Seeler, Franz Beckenbauer, Lothar Matthäus and Jürgen Klinsmann.
“It’s a huge honour to join a group of players I respect immensely. As captain, I always saw myself as an ambassador for the team and so I accept this award on behalf of everyone who’s represented Germany, without whom this wouldn’t have been possible,” said Lahm.
Germany head coach Joachim Löw added: “For you, a new award should’ve been created: best international footballer of the decade. It was a huge honour to work with you. Thank you for everything, Philipp.”
The DFB also named Lahm as an ambassador for Germany’s EURO 2024 campaign bid. He will now play a major role in his nation’s bid to host the European Championships, being on hand to share his insights with the DFB while also campaigning for his nation, both in Germany and outside.