Philipp Lahm named as Germany captain

Updated: May 28, 2010, 22:35 PM IST

Berlin: Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm will captain Germany in place of injured Michael Ballack, coach Joachim Loew said on Friday.

"Lahm has played in his position with great class and will take over the role of captain," Loew told reporters at their Italian training camp.

Germany have been drawn with Australia, Ghana and Serbia in Group D of the June 11-July 11 tournament in South Africa.

Bureau Report