Lukas Podolski gunning for World Cup

Germany forward Lukas Podolski is eyeing glory for the team at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

The Arsenal man has said that the team has set its sights on a World Cup win after having two close defeats in the last two editions. Germany suffered two heart breaking defeats at the hands of eventual winners Italy and Spain in 2006 and 2010 respectively, finishing third on each occasion.

Podolski, who is Germany’s third highest capped player at the event, will make his third World Cup appearance this summer since he was handed his international debut in 2004 by then head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Germany is strong favorites to secure their fourth World Cup title this summer and Podolski believes they have the squad to do it as well.

Germany coach Joachim Low was an assistant to Klinsmann in 2006 and now that he is the manager, has shown the same amount of faith on the former Cologne and Bayern Munich forward.

The 29 year old is not happy with the two bronze medals he has at home and is gunning for glory this time around. He said that back in 2006, they had a very young team and no one even thought they would reach the semi finals, but they finished third.

It was the same in 2010 when they beat Uruguay to finish in third in South Africa and having finished as runners up at Euro 2008 and reached the semi finals at Euro 2012, Lukas Podolski believes it is time they shed their ‘chokers’ tag and finally come good at the world stage.

Germany will have to negotiate a tough group which includes the likes of Portugal, Ghana and the United States Men’s National Team and Podolski thinks if they go through, each match will be like a final.