Lukas Podolski has spoken of his pride at his World Cup goalscoring record.

The Arsenal forward struck three times during Germany 2006, and twice four years later in South Africa as his side reached the semi-finals.

The 29-year-old is now hoping to continue his fine form against Ghana on Saturday, with Germany one of the favourites for the tournament.

It is special for me to play for my country and especially in the big tournaments. I’m very much looking forward to the World Cup

Lukas Podolski

“You’re always proud when you score goals in tournaments,” Podolski told Arsenal Player. “I am also proud about the caps [I have earned]. It is special for me to play for my country and especially in the big tournaments.

“The best World Cup for me was 2006 because it was in my home country. It was a very special moment, because you play in [your own] stadiums and cities and when you play in your own country it is a little bit easier. It was a great World Cup for me, and for all Germans - we played a very good tournament.

“South Africa is a nice place. The people are friendly and helpful and crazy about their team and football.

“Again we were close but for me it was great World Cup, with a great atmosphere in the stadiums. In the end we were close but it was not enough for the title.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 20 Jun 2014