Lukas Podolski came off the bench in GermanyÔÇÖs World cup qualifier against Austria tonight to gain his 103rd cap, equalling German legend Franz BeckenbauerÔÇÖs appearance record and moving him to joint fifth on the all-time appearance charts for the German national team.
Podolski, who turned 27 in June, is now 47 caps behind Lothar Matthaus who holds the record with 150 caps. The only player ahead of him who is still playing is Miroslav Klose who is on 124 caps, however Klose is 34 so time is certainly on LukasÔÇÖs side.
Rank Name Internationals :
1st) Lothar Matthaus- 150caps
2nd) Miroslav Klose – 124caps
3th) Jurgen Klinsmann- 108caps
4th) J├╝rgen Kohler- 105caps
5th) Franz Beckenbauer- 103caps
5th) Lukas Podolski- 103caps
7th) Joachim Streich – 102 caps
8th) Thomas Hassler – 101caps
9th) Hans-J├╝rgen D├Ârner- 100caps
10th) Ulf Kirsten – 100caps
11th) Michael Ballack – 98caps
Podolski made his debut for the German side on 6th June 2004 and has scored 44 goals for the national side.