Podolski, the fans’ hero bids farewell – 抓站 News

By Oliver Trust

BERLIN, March 20 (Xinhua) — A friendly against old rivals England will give Lukas Podolski a perfect farewell from the national team.

After three World Cups and four European Championship participations, the 31-year-old striker will appear in a German shirt for the 130th and last time in Dortmund this Wednesday evening.

Poland-born Podolski might not have been one of Germany’s top stars but basically an ever-present since first being called up for international duty in June 2004. In his 13-year career, Podolski has won the third most caps for his country and his 48 goals put him third in the goal-scoring list behind Miroslav Klose (71) and Gerd Mueller (68).

Former Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann and the current incumbent Joachim Loew could not only count on Podolski’s skills as a player but also on his positive influence on team spirit. For the country’s fans, he was not…

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