Lukas Podolski says Serge Gnabry is good enough to make Germany’s World Cup squad stressing that age should be no barrier to participation in a major tournament.
Highlighting the fact that he himself played for his country at Euro 2004 at the tender age of 18, the striker also praised the fact so many of his young compatriots are making careers abroad.
“Gnabry has the quality to jump on the World Cup train,” Podolski told Bild.
“Jogi Löw has to decide whether he is mature enough to participate there. I was at my first major tournament in 2004 and I was only 18-years-old. At that time it was a different time, Schweinsteiger and I were the only young players in the team.
“We now have many young talents who play all over the world. I think it’s great that someone like Serge plays for Arsenal and is in the spotlight.”
Given that Löw has called up four debutants for the friendly with Chile this week and Gnabry isn’t one of them, it looks as though the Arsenal man’s chances of making Brazil are probably limited.
Having clarified his international ambitions by underlining his commitment to Germany it looks as though his best bet is fighting for a role in the Euro 2016 qualification process ahead of the tournament in France.