Monday 15th August, 2016
Berlin, Aug. 15,
(GNA/dpa) – Lukas Podolski on Monday announced that he has stepped down from
the German national team.
“I told the
German coach that starting now I will not play for the national team any
longer,” Podolski posted on Instagram.
said he wanted to focus on other things, “of course my family as
was very difficult for me,” he added. “The national team always was
close to my heart. But I noticed after the Euro (2016)/holidays that my focus
Podolski played 12
years for Germany, earning 129 caps and winning the 2014 World Cup among other
has its time – and my time with the DFB (German Football Federation) is
over,” he wrote.
is very emotional for me. I am proud of what I was able to experience with the
DFB. Nothing can replace what the time with the DFB team gave me in terms of
happiness, passion and solidarity.”