Ballack removed from team's WC camp

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Durban: Injured German skipper Michael Ballack has reportedly been removed from the team"s World Cup camp after a rift with current incumbent Philipp Lahm.

The ex-Chelsea star faces a bleak international future after Lahm insisted that he will not give up the captain"s armband next season.

Coach Joachim Low, preparing his side for tonight"s World Cup semi-final against Spain, revealed that Ballack was asked to leave, as team doctors did not have time to treat his ankle injury.

The midfielder will not be present for the semi-final showdown in Durban to decide who faces Holland in Sunday"s final, The Sun reports.

Ballack joined the German squad last week as a cheerleader, but his presence has caused tensions in a group who have done brilliantly without him, the paper added.

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