Podolski retires from German national team


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Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski on Monday announced that he has stepped down from the German national team

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.

The 31-year-old
said he wanted to focus on other things, “of course my family as
well.”

“The decision
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
had changed.”

Podolski played 12
years for Germany, earning 129 caps and winning the 2014 World Cup among other
titles.

“Everything
has its time – and my time with the DFB (German Football Federation) is
over,” he wrote.

“This farewell
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.”

GNA


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