Former international Christoph Metzelder is being investigated by German police over allegations of distributing child pornography.

A statement from the Hamburg attorney general’s office said the 38-year-old is accused of having sent images with child pornographic content to a recipient in Hamburg via WhatsApp.

Hamburg police carried out two searches in Dusseldorf on Tuesday.

Metzelder is said to have co-operated with the authorities.

The material collected from the searches will now be evaluated, and the investigation continues.

Metzelder won more than 40 caps for and was a member of the squads for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

The centre-back helped win the 2001-2002 title during a seven-year spell with the club before winning with in the 2007-08 season.

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