German player, Lukas Podolski will bow out after partaking in the Euro tournament in France 2016. The Galatasaray right man striker has played for the German team for more than a decade now and now set to retire, especially with the competitive talents that are available for the German team.
The 30-year old forward made his debut for Germany in 2004 and has 127 caps under his belt. This current European campaign would be his fourth for the German team. The forward was part of the German wining team that disgraced hosts, Brazil to lift the world Cup in Rio de Janeiro. He only played during the group stages and has not had a starting position since Euro 2012 due to his poor run.
The German told Daily Bild: “The European Championships will be the last major tournament for me. I have already achieved my main goal of winning the World Cup. No one can take that away from me.”
The striker missed two European qualifiers for Germany after suffering from an ankle injury. In the last six games, Lukas Podolski has played in only one. That was in the International friendly against the three Lions of England. Germany eventually lost the game three goals to two.
The German international has recorded 48 goals for his national team since his debut over a decade ago. The former Arsenal striker has had an impressive national team showing but failed to live up to billing at Arsenal. The forward joined Arsenal from FC Koln for 12 million euro in 2012. Due to his below par performance, he was shipped on loan to Inter Milan in 2015. He returned after his spell but was later sold to his current club, Galatasaray SK, for 2.5 million euro. His current contract is due to play out in June 2018 at Galatasaray SK.