Podolski: I'll play left-back for Germany if I have to

The striker has featured for 30 minutes during his national side's World Cup qualification campaign so far but insists he is not concerned about which position he plays.
Lukas Podolski has claimed he would be willing to play at left-back for Germany after struggling to secure a starting place in Joachim Low's side in their World Cup qualification campaign.

The Arsenal striker has played just 15 minutes in each of Germany's last two qualifiers, against Austria and the Faroe Islands, but is in Low's squad for the forthcoming fixtures against the Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

"Everyone wants to play, but it is important that we reach a common goal," Podolski told Kicker.

"It doesn't matter which position I play. I would play at left-back!"

Podolski, who has netted two goals in seven Premier League games for Arsenal this season, suffered a minor injury during training with Germany, but the national side's assistant coach Hansi Flick insists the knock is only minor.

"Yesterday [Monday] Lukas and Mario [Gotze] received treatment," Flick told reporters.

"Lukas Podolski had some problems with his ankle, Mario with some muscle problems. We decided to spare him towards the end of training today when it became a bit more intensive."