The Polish-born 31-year-old who helped Germany win the 2014 World Cup, and scored 48 goals in a 129 cap career, has retired from international football.
The former FC Koln, Bayern Munich and Arsenal player, now plying his trade in Turkey with Galatasaray, told his fans across the globe that it was amazing, great, and an honour to have them rally behind him.
“The decision has been very hard, the national team always had a place in my heart, and they will always do. But I felt after Euro 2016 and my holidays that my focus has shifted”, he said.
“You have always stood by me, even in bad times. I hope I could give you back a part of what I got from you. To you all: many thanks, I wish the team a successful future, the trophy will go to Germany in 2018″, he concluded.
The former Arsenal forward was named in the Germany squad for the Euro 2016 tournament in France but was featured once. He played his lone game against Slovakia when he replaced Julian Draxler from the bench in the 72nd minute.
Podolski also thanked his former national team managers, Rudi Voller, Jurgen Klinsmann and Joachim Low for giving him a chance to show his talent in the field of play.