The Inter Milan loanee’s strike against Australia yesterday was his 48th for Germany, overtaking the ex-Tottenham striker.
However, the 29-year-old made the most of an outing for Germany last night, coming off the bench to score the equaliser for the World champions in an entertaining 2-2 draw against Australia.
The strike means that Podolski now has 48 international goals in 122 games for his nation.
The pair were previously tied on 47 goals apiece, with the ex-White Hart Lane favourite reaching this tally in 108 games for Germany.
Podolski is now the European nation’s fourth all-time goalscorer, but has work to do to usurp the record holder Miroslav Klose, who netted an incredible 71 goals in 137 games.
The Arsenal loanee’s club future is up in the air at the moment, with a return to the Emirates Stadium likely in the summer but it appearing that there is no room in the North London outfit’s squad for him to feature.