Bastian Schweinsteiger Favourite to Become New Germany Captain

Age is not on Bastian Schweinsteiger's side as he will be 30 on August 1. He has 108 international caps and has struggled with injuries over the past two years. But he was already officially Lahm's deputy and his leadership qualities have been widely praised.

updated: July 19, 2014 11:07 IST
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Germany's midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger wears the national flag as he celebrates during a victory parade of Germany's national team in Berlin.


Berlin: 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 team-mate after Lahm's announcement.

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