Low: Lahm will be in midfield

Philipp Lahm will not be moved back to his previous position of full-back, despite clamour in Germany for changes to be made to the national team for tomorrow’s World Cup quarter-final clash with France.

Low: Lahm will be in midfield

Lahm was transformed into a midfielder by Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola last season and it is there where he has played most recently for Germany.

Following the enforced substitution of Shkodran Mustafi during Germany’s extra-time win over Algeria in the last 16, Lahm was moved back to the right-back position he had made his own.

His passing and tackling statistics improved considerably following the transition on Monday, which saw Sami Khedira partner Bastian Schweinsteiger in the Germany midfield.

However, not even that is going to convince Germany boss Joachim Low to alter Lahm’s position.

“I have made up my mind already on Philipp Lahm’s role,” Low said. “And I am sticking by it to the very end.

“Philipp Lahm has been a leading figure for us in recent years and he’s been playing at the highest level for a decade, but he will only move back into defence if we have a problem on the right.

“But that would only be an emergency scenario, and we need to prevent there being an emergency.”

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