German football pundit Thomas Strunz believes Lukas Podolski does not merit a place in the national team.
Former German international Thomas Strunz has told Sport1 he views Lukas Podolski's current situation as a 'disaster'.
Podolski scored for Germany in a friendly against Australia last week but Strunz is not letting that strike cloud his judgement that the veteran should not be in the team.
Strunz feels the Arsenal ace, currently on loan at Inter Milan, is blocking the development of younger players and is in the team on reputation rather than merit.
He said: "I was surprised in the previous year that Lukas Podolski was at the World Cup. He has not played regularly at Inter, the situation is now even a disaster for him.
"That's a bitter pill for all other offensive wingers, whose results in the Bundesliga have prevailed, but never get a real chance because Joachim Löw puts in Podolski."
Podolski, 29, has not scored a single goal since joining Inter this January, while at Arsenal beforehand he did not start a Premier League game.
German coach Low is adamant he will not abandon Podolski however, who has been an integral part of their setup over the past few seasons, and has more than 120 caps for his country.
Assistant boss Oliver Bierhoff was quoted by the Evening Standard last week insisting Podolski must leave Arsenal, and choose a club different from Inter, in order to get his career back on track next season.