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Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer named Germany captain

Germany v France - Semi Final: UEFA Euro 2016

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JULY 07: Manuel Neuer of Germany reacts to his team mate Bastian Schweinsteiger (L) during the UEFA EURO 2016 semi final match between Germany and France at Stade Velodrome on July 7, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been named captain of the national team, replacing the retired Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Germany coach Joachim Loew announced his decision Thursday, one day after Schweinsteiger played his last match in a 2-0 friendly win over Finland.

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Neuer, a 30-year-old Bayern Munich goalkeeper, made his Germany debut in June 2009 and won the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil. He has made 71 national team appearances and was FIFA’s goalkeeper of the year the last three seasons.

Loew says Neuer is “the logical successor” to Schweinsteiger and brings “everything I can wish for in a leader.”

Neuer says he is honored to be captain and aware of the symbolic meaning of the role.