Lukas Podolski has announced his retirement from Germany’s national team.
Lukas Podolski said in an Instagram post on Monday he had informed Germany coach Joachim Low he is quitting international football with immediate effect.
‘Everything has its time and my time at the DFB is over. For me this is a very emotional farewell. I am proud of what I experienced with the DFB.
‘Nothing can replace the joy and passion from my time with the German team.
‘From being a two-year-old Polish boy who came here with only a ball under his arm to being a world champion with Germany – that’s more than I could have dreamed about.
‘Thanks to the DFB. Thanks to the team behind the team. Thanks to my team-mates.
‘And thank you coach. Thanks Rudi Voller, thanks Jurgen Klinsmann, and especially, thanks Joachim Low.’
PODOLSKI’S GERMANY CAREER IN NUMBERS
Debut: June 6, 2004 vs Hungary
Honours: 2014 World Cup