Podolski does not fear Germany axe for World Cup

The 28-year-old, who has been capped 111 times for his country, has featured only sparingly for Arsenal this season, but will give his "very best" to be on the plane to Brazil
Germany and Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski insists he does not fear losing his place in the national team for the World Cup and will do everything possible to make the final 23-man squad.

A torn hamstring sidelined the 28-year-old from the end of August until the end of December, restricting the former FC Koln attacker to just five Premier League starts for the Gunners this season.

With the World Cup in Brazil just three months away, Podolski knows he is running out of time to prove he deserves a place in Joachim Low's squad, though hopes his experience, having been capped 111 times, will stand in his favour.

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"I have no fear," he said ahead of Wednesday's friendly with Chile in Stuttgart. "I never have fear - and I never will.

"I think I have a lot of experience with the national team. I played a lot of matches and have been at a lot of tournaments.

"I have the confidence to say that I really enjoy being with the team and that I am going to do all I can to be at the World Cup.

"After the long time I missed due to injury I am fully back now.

"I talked to the coach here and also to my coach at Arsenal. I am pleased with my performances in training and in the matches I played.

"We will see what happens during the coming weeks, but for sure I will give my very best to be at the World Cup. But fear? I have no fear."