Manuel Neuer has been named Germany’s new captain, following the retirement of Schweinsteiger from international duty.
The Bayern Munich man will get to work immediately, as Germany face Norway in their World Cup qualifying campaign.
Mats Hummels had been touted as his successor, but coach Joachim Low has opted for 30-year-old Neuer.
“As a national team we are in the fortunate position to have several leading players who have a captain’s profile,” said Low.
“For me Manuel Neuer is the logical successor of Bastian Schweinsteiger.
“He brings everything that I want from a captain. His sporting achievements are outstanding, Manuel is always there for the team, he is a team player and an absolute role model.
“There are also his great human qualities. He accepts responsibility, he is calm and collected. Manuel is highly regarded, his word has weight.”
Neuer, who has 71 caps, is the second goalkeeper to captain Germany after Oliver Kahn.
“For me it is a great honour,” he said. “It makes me proud to be captain of the team, but we all know that we need several leading players on the pitch if we are to succeed.”