Midfielder Michael Ballack has been named as Germany's new captain, replacing goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, before Wednesday's friendly international against Austria.
"I wanted as the captain an outfield player who was in contact withall members of the team. Ballack is exactly the linkman I had imagined," said new coach Juergen Klinsmann on Monday.
"Ispoke with both players about this and both accepted the decision. Oliver Kahn will deputise for Ballack in future," Klinsmann added.