Former Arsenal star Lukas Podolski has announced his retirement from international football.

The 31 year old scored 48 goals in 129 appearances for Germany. Podolski is regarded as one of Germany’s most prolific strikers. He was regularly selected for the first team regardless of club form.

The left-footed strikers three goals earnnt him the FIFA World Cup Best young player award in 2006. Podolski also has a 2014 World Cup winners medal in the trophy cabinet.

During the latter parts of his international career, Podolski played a mentor role for the youth that is now Germany’s next golden generation.

The German fan favourite will continue to play club football for Turkish club Galatasaray.

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Poldi released the news to fans on his Instagram account, thanking them for their support.

“After twelve years and seven major tournaments, the time has come. I want to tell you today, that I have called Coach Low to inform him, that I’ll not be part of the national team any longer… It was a hard decision to make. For me, the Mannschaft always has been and always will be an affair of the heart…”