By Rob Kelly
Lukas Podolski admits that returning to Poland for Euro 2012 will make the tournament even more special for him.
The new Arsenal signing was born in Gliwice, an industrial town near Katowice, but moved to Germany when he was just two years old and now has 96 caps for their national side.
Podolski was one of the top scorers at World Cup 2006 and Euro 2008, and netted twice at World Cup 2010, but says he hopes his best is still to come.
“Tournaments are always something special to me,” he told Arsenal Player. “They are very attractive, just like the matches, the stadiums and the atmosphere.
“I think I played well in the last couple of tournaments and contributed towards the results. I want to do exactly the same now in Poland and Ukraine.
“[I have even more confidence] because Euro 2012 is staged in Poland, the place of my birth.
“Our first three matches are in Ukraine, but if we finish first in our group then the quarter-final will be staged in Poland.”
Germany are one of the favourites to win the tournament and Podolski admits that confidence in the camp is high.
“I think we have evolved sufficiently to stand a chance. In the past, they said Germany was good, but we didn’t win anything for a few years,” he said.
“This time for Euro 2012 I think we can say we are ready and that we will do everything we can to get into the final in Warsaw.”
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