Arsenal attacker Podolski hoping to step in for Reus

Arsenal attacker Lukas Podolski hopes to start for Germany in their World Cup opener with Portugal on Monday.

Arsenal attacker Lukas Podolski hopes to start for Germany in their World Cup opener with Portugal on Monday.

Podolski could still benefit from the injury-enforced withdrawal of Marco Reus to take his place in Joachim Low's starting XI.

"Everybody has got to be on their toes and ready," Podolski said. "I'm preparing myself as if I will be playing, and if I don't, then at least I would still be ready.

"My aim is to get my hands on the trophy in the end. I don't come to play for Germany just for the fun of it, and if anybody were to do that, then they would be better off just staying at home."

 
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