Lukas Podolski has announced his retirement from international football, and made himself unavailable for further call ups to the Germany national team.
The 31 – year old was part of the Germany team for the last 12 years, having made his debut in 2004 against Hungary and after 129 appearances, within which he netted 48 goals, he has opted to call it quits.
He was a member of the 2014 World Cup winning squad and joins a growing team of senior members of the national team who have retired, including the most recent announcement by Bastian Schweinsteiger.
“Hello Fans, after twelve years and seven major tournaments, the time has come. I want to tell you today, that I have called Coach Löw to inform him, that I’ll not be part of the national team any longer. I’m at a point in my career where I want to cut it back a bit. Now, my focus shifts to other aspects my club my foundation, obviously my family, my wife and my two kids.
-It was a hard decision to make. For me, the Mannschaft always has been and always will be an affair of the heart. I feel a great deal of pride: what an amazing time it has been, all that we achieved in these twelve years. It was an incomparable experience with so much joy, passion, emotion and togetherness, read part of his Instagram post.
His last act for the team was the substitute appearance when Germany beat Slovakia 3 – 0 at the 2016 Euro finals in France.