Lahm keen to keep captaincy
Philipp Lahm insists he will not surrender the Germany captaincy to Michael Ballack unless told to do so.
Last Updated: 08/07/10 6:34pm
Philipp Lahm insists he will not surrender the Germany captaincy to Michael Ballack unless told to do so by the coach.
The 26-year-old stand-in skipper guided the Germans to the World Cup semi-finals in South Africa this year, where they lost out 1-0 to European champions Spain, after Ballack was sidelined from the tournament with an ankle injury.
And Lahm is adamant he will not hand the armband back to Ballack, who has re-signed for former club Bayer Leverkusen from Chelsea, just because the 33-year-old has returned to full fitness when the Euro 2012 qualifiers get underway in September.
"If the coach tells me 'Philipp, you must give the armband back to Michael', I would have no difficulty in doing that. I would accept the decision," said Lahm.
"But I am not going to go and seek out the coach and hand him back the armband of my own accord. When one is given a role such as this, one likes to keep it, as indeed I have loved my responsibilities during the finals.
"It is an enormous honour for me to be captain of the German team, and I would like to remain so, but in saying that, I am not attacking Michael (Ballack), because in the end it is neither him nor myself, but the coach."