Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been named Germany's new captain by manager Joachim Low.

He succeeds Bastian Schweinsteiger, who officially retired from international football on Wednesday with his 121st and final cap.

"We are in a fortunate situation with the national team that we have several leading figures who have what it takes to be captain," Low said on the German Football Association's (DFB) website.

"For me, Manuel Neuer is the logical successor to Bastian Schweinsteiger. He has everything that I would wish for from a leading player.

"His performances are exceptional and Manuel is always there for the team, he is a team player and an absolute role model.

"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 has been capped 71 times by his country since making his debut on 2 June, 2009, in a friendly against the United Arab Emirates.

The 30-year-old has kept a total of 25 clean sheets and conceded just 52 goals in those 71 games.

"It is a huge honour for me and it fills me with pride," said Neuer.

"We all know, though, that we need numerous leading players on the field if we want to be successful.

"Of course I know that the role of captain has a great symbolic significance and I am delighted with the trust that the national team coach has placed in me by naming me his captain."

Neuer, who has already worn the captain's armband on several occasions in the past, will lead Germany out for the first time as their official captain on Sunday night in Oslo, when they start their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign against Norway.