• Manuel Neuer named Germany's new captain.
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup winner has 71 caps.
  • Bayern custodian, 30, succeeds Bastian Schweinsteiger.

FC Bayern München goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been named Germany's new captain by head coach Joachim Low.

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The 30-year-old, who has represented his country 71 times, succeeds Bastian Schweinsteiger, who played the last of his 121 games for his country in a 2-0 win over Finland on Wednesday night.

Neuer said he is "honoured" and "proud" to be named Germany's new captain. © gettyimages / Alexander Hassenstein

"It's a huge honour for me and it fills me with pride," said Neuer. "We all know, though, that we need several leaders on the pitch if we want to be successful. Of course I know that the role of captain has a great symbolic significance and I'm delighted with the faith that the national team coach has placed in me by naming me captain."

Neuer is not new to wearing the captain's armband, having deputised several times in the past, including at UEFA EURO 2016 while Schweinsteiger was injured, but he will now lead Germany out for the first time as their official captain on Sunday night in Oslo, when they commence their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

"We are in a lucky situation of having several leaders who have what it takes to be captain," said Löw. "For me, Manuel Neuer is the logical successor to Bastian Schweinsteiger. He has everything that I could wish for from a leading player. His performances are exceptional and Manuel is always there for the team, he's a team player and an absolute role model.

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"He also has great human qualities. He takes on responsibility, leads the way while remaining cool and relaxed. He's highly regarded within the team while his word carries weight. While the responsibility will continue to be shared across many shoulders, I expect and I know that the leading players will work for the team, on and off the field."

Neuer, who was named the world's best goalkeeper by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics in 2013, 2014 and 2015, when he also made it into UEFA's Team of the Season, has kept a total of 25 clean sheets and conceded just 52 goals in his 71 caps.