Lahm sets sights on World Cup glory
Germany captain Philipp Lahm has told Bild he will go all out for glory this summer in what could be his final World Cup.
Lahm was part of the Germany sides that were eliminated at the semifinal stage in 2006 and 2010 and, as he will be 34 by the time of the next tournament, he believes this may be his last opportunity to lift the trophy.
"That's why I want to use this chance," the Bayern Munich star said. "I don't want to get eliminated in the semifinals again or to just travel to Brazil to enjoy the sun. I have a clear goal, and that is certainly the greatest possible success -- the World Cup trophy."
Lahm feels there is a determination among the players to end their long wait for the world title.
"The team spirit will grow," Lahm, who has over 100 caps, said. "The greed for the trophy is already there. The team has enough clout to win the title. We just need to keep one thing in mind: Every player must put their talent and ego at the service of the team. In Brazil, we need heart and passion."
It remains unclear as to whether Loew plans to use Lahm as a defensive midfielder, having operated in that position for Bayern this season, or at left-back. In any case, he stressed that Germany must improve defensively if they are to succeed.
"Most of all, we need to work on our defence," he said ahead of the start of the team's World Cup preparations. "We have conceded a lot of goals recently, and allowed too many chances. We need to take heed of how the defence has to line up, and also, further up the field, how we attack [the opponent] up front."
Lahm will not take part in Wednesday's training session after suffering a minor ankle injury during the DFB-Pokal final on Saturday.
He said: "I will have to sit out a few days, but by the time the World Cup begins I will be at peak fitness again."