Neuer handed Germany armband

Manuel Neuer has been named as Germany's new captain following the retirement of Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Head coach Joachim Low named the Bayern Munich keeper as the new team leader on Thursday after an emotional farewell to Schweinsteiger in the friendly 2-0 win over Finland in a friendly match and ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Norway.

Low told the official German national team website: "With the national team, we are in a very good situation. We have a lot of leaders in the squad, all of whom would be highly capable as captain.

"For me, Manuel Neuer is the logical successor to Bastian Schweinsteiger. He has everything you can want from a captain. His achievements through his career are outstanding, he gives everything for the team and he is a model professional.

"He has exceptional qualities as a person. He takes full responsibility for himself and others, leads by example and always stays calm and composed. He is well regarded by the whole team and commands a great deal of respect.

"I know that he understands the duties that come with the role and expect that he will lead the players on and off the pitch."

Neuer, meanwhile, revealed he was very proud to accept the honour of being named national team captain.

He said: "I am proud to be captain of the team.

"It is an honour. I am proud to be captain of the team. But we all know that we need to have more than one leader on the pitch if we want to be successful.

"Key aspects are discussed within the team council and we make decisions together. Of course I know that the captain’s armband is important symbolically. I am pleased that the head coach has placed in trust in me by naming me as captain."

Neuer, who was acting captain at Euro 2016 with Schweinsteiger, made his first appearance for Germany against the United Arab Emirates in 2009 and has amassed 71 caps for Germany. He is a World Cup winner and was voted Goalkeeper of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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