Germany coach Joachim Low insists Lukas Podolski must "think about his situation" at Arsenal in January and work out a way to get himself playing regular football again.
Podolski has made just 11 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners this season - seven of which came as a substitute - and earlier this week revealed he will seek talks with the club over his future.
And Low has encouraged the 29-year-old to resolve his lack of playing time while revealing he intends to play the Arsenal star from the beginning against minnows Gibraltar on Friday.
"It's in my plans that Podolski will play from the start," Low told reporters. "I'm aware he doesn't play a lot right now for Arsenal. He needs to play competitive games. Sometimes he lacks the physical condition to play the full 90 minutes.
"He has to think about his situation. I'm still convinced about his abilities, but he needs high intensity."
Low is also calling on his Germany side to start playing like world champions and thump Gibraltar as they look to turn their stuttering Euro 2016 qualifying campaign around.
The 2014 World Cup winners currently sit third in their qualifying group, three points behind Poland and Republic of Ireland after losing to the former and drawing with the latter.
"We want to score a lot of goals," he added. "If we play the way we want to, Gibraltar will allow us many chances.
"We're not satisfied with the start of the campaign, neither I nor the team. We haven't picked up enough points. Of course that's why we expect a win against Gibraltar. I expect a match worthy of the world champions.
"The emotions and the intensity at a big tournament are high. It is normal to slow down a bit afterwards. But now we have to get back to our routine. Most players are still young and want to win more titles. Players like Jerome Boateng and Mario Gotze are full of ambition.
"We saw at the World Cup that our style of play worked fine. We won the cup playing this way. After such a great triumph you have to change to stay successful. We also have to change to develop further. Football changes constantly. We've been thinking about that the last days and weeks."
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