Podolski still hungry to play for Germany
08 September 2014, 23:39
Berlin - Lukas Podolski has no intention of following three of Germany's World Cup-winning squad in retiring from international duty.
The 29-year-old came on in the 84th minute in the 2-1 victory over Scotland Sunday to earn his 118th cap.
Podolski has not been a regular recent starter for Germany and was used only sporadically at the World Cup in Brazil.
But the Arsenal striker says he won't be following captain Philipp Lahm, defender Per Mertesacker and striker Miroslav Klose, who have all stepped down from the national team.
"I don't have to hide behind anyone in our team and I am not just here because I am the jester Poldi who is good for team spirit. I am here because I deserve to be," Podolski told Monday's Kicker sports magazine.
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Podolski said he had never thought about quitting international duty and still had a lot of pleasure playing for Germany.
"The hunger is still there, my next big goal is the European Championships," he said. "That's why there way never the question, Are you quitting? For me it was always clear that I would continue."
Podolski admitted that Arsenal's signing of striker Danny Welbeck just before the summer transfer deadline is "at first a difficult situation for me."
He added: "When you spend a lot of money on a new player they have at first an advantage because they will play," he said.
"But we have a long season and will see what happens. When I'm top fit I fit perfectly in the Arsenal team. And then I see myself in the starting line-up - that's what I am working towards."