Koeln attacker Lukas Podolski has been heavily criticised by former Germany goalie Uli Stein, who has accused the highly rated forward of being one of the laziest players around.
"I have asked every coach he has worked under and they have all confirmed that he is the laziest player they have ever worked with. He does nothing. He doesn't train, which is why he is in such a condition," Stein was quoted as saying by Bild.
Germany coach Joachim Loew wasn't impressed with Stein's comments though and opted to include Podolski in his provisional World Cup squad. Loew also took the time to defend the Koeln star.
"Certainly Lukas has not had his best season this year and you can both see and feel that, but it would be absolutely wrong for somebody to call him a lazy player," said Loew to reporters.
"I experience him totally different to that here with the national team. From the very first day that he was here with us, he has trained with the highest motivation. I think his performances for the national team and his goals ratio say it all and I know him as highly motivated and enormously engaged and highly performing."
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