Podolski hits back at fans’ criticism

Germany forward Lukas Podolski has been left fuming after fans on social media described him as a mascot following his inclusion in the Euro 2016 squad.

Podolski scored 13 goals for Galatasaray this season, which included the winner in the 1-0 victory over rivals Fenerbahce in the Turkish Cup, but many fans consider the 30-year-old to be past his best.

The former Arsenal and Bayern man feels his inclusion is fully warranted and believes he can be an integral part of the squad as they bid to win their first Euro Championship in two decades.

"I'm not going as a mascot as some people have described it," he told Goal

"I find it shows a total lack of respect. I've got over 100 caps. To describe me as a mascot, I think that's out of order.

"I've got a lot of experience and had a good season in Turkey.

"I'm fit, injury-free and my goal is to win the Euros."

Since making his debut in 2004, Podolski has scored 48 goals in 127 appearances for Die Mannschaft.