Jancker believes Podolski must improve to return to Germany starting XI

The 37-year-old feels the Arsenal man deserved to be dropped in favour of Schurrle and expressed his anger by the constant unsettling of Gomez and Klose from German pundits
By Maximilian Bensinger

Carsten Jancker has defended Germany coach Joachim Low's decision to omit Lukas Podolski from the team that defeated Greece 4-2 in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals on Friday.

The new Arsenal forward started all three of his side's Group B matches but failed to impress despite scoring the opening goal in the 2-1 victory over Denmark in the second game.

Alongside fellow forwards Mario Gomez and Thomas Muller, Podolski was one of three players dropped for the last-eight clash with the Greeks, with his place taken by Andre Schurrle. Jancker admitted that the latter has looked better on the pitch while urging the former Koln man to improve.

"Lukas can certainly do better than that. Schurrle looked sharper in both of his appearances. But I would not want to give my verdict on that issue. What is certain is that we have enough quality in attack," Jancker told Goal.com.

Despite the strength in depth up front, there has been debate over whether Mario Gomez or Miroslav Klose should be Low's first-choice to lead the line for Germany for the rest of the Euros.

However, Jancker feels that the team's fans should simply be grateful that their side have two world-class strikers at their disposal.

"This debate angers me," the 37-year-old said. "Why do we always have to call everything into question? Joachim Low has demonstrated time and again that his decisions are always right.

"Should we really quarrel over a striker who scored three times in this competition, and another who scored on his debut appearance?

"Let us finish the pointless talk and be thankful to have two world-class forwards in our squad."

Finally, Jancker gave his semi-final predictions showing optimism for the German outfit who will benefit from two days' rest more than their opponent.

"Against Italy we would win 2-1, but if it was England we would edge it 3-1."