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After leading Germany to World Cup victory, team captain Philipp Lahm has retired from international football.
The 30 year old, who has played 113 times for his country, will continue playing club football at Bayern Munich.
He has been captain since 2010 and in four years led them to semi-finals of both the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 before crowning his career at the Maracana with World Cup glory in Brazil.
That was the ninth trophy Lahm had picked up in just two years having clinched the Bundesliga twice, the DFB-Pokal twice, the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, the German Supercup, and the FIFA Club World Cup for Bayern Munich.
Franz Beckenbauer has been banned from football by FIFA for 90 days while the organisation's ethics commission investigate a breach of its code.
The German has been provisionally banned from taking part in any football-related activity, at any level, for 90 days.
The world governing body claims Beckenbauer declined to co-operate with Michael Garcia, the investigator examining allegations against Qatar 2022 and the World Cup bidding process.
Wales have been drawn in Group B alongside top seeds Bosnia-Herzegovina. Scotland, meanwhile, face Germany, a much tougher task.
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Brave and right decision. Respect, Thomas Hitzlsperger. His outing is a important sign in our time. http://t.co/c69Oml2Ocp
I so respect Hitzlsperger for coming out! Very important and he shows great courage! He will inspire the young generation. Sport=tolerance
Thomas Hitzlsperger announces he is gay. http://t.co/itpSZBcBfd Hope one day soon folks won't have to wait for retirement.
Hitzlsperger - 52 caps for Germany, played for Stuttgart, Lazio, Villa + others - prob highest profile ex-footballer to come out