Former Arsenal attacker and Galatasaray star player Lucas Poldoski has announced his retirement from international football, reports BBC.
The Polish-born 31-year-old helped his country win the 2014 World Cup, and scored 48 goals in a 129-cap career – his final appearance for Germany was from the bench in their 3-0 win over Slovakia at Euro 2016.
He joined Arsenal in the summer of 2012 for an undisclosed fee and helped the team won the FA Cup in 2014.
Podolski said in a statement to fans on his Facebook page:
“Before the season and international matches start again soon, I wanted to inform you something: I’ve told the national team coach [Joachim Low] that I will no longer be playing for the national team.
“I am going to cut down a bit and dedicate myself more to other things, in particular my family.
“I am sure they are not going to complain when I have more time for them in future, and I’m really looking forward to that.”
During his international career, Podolski scored 48 goals and helped Germany win the 2014 World Cup and finish runners-up at Euro 2008.
Only two other players – Lothar Matthaus and Miroslav Klose – have made more appearances for Germany, while only Klose and Gerd Muller are ahead of Podolski in the national team’s goalscoring charts.