Podolski's thunderbolt gives Germany 1-0 win over England

by Leon Thompson March 29, 2017, 2:01
Podolski's thunderbolt gives Germany 1-0 win over England

The match had the feel of a testimonial at times, with Podolski retiring from global football after friendly, and it was a fitting end to his Germany career in Dortmund.

The 28-year-old was unable to help Gareth Southgate's side suffer a 1-0 defeat in the global friendly, but the nation will be encouraged by a good performance by England in Dortmund.

Southgate hailed Lukas Podolski's second-half thunderbolt goal on his final appearance for Germany, but noted that England outplayed the world champions for long spells.

"We controlled the game and looked composed in possession".

"I think we will look back and reflect that if we take our chances we would have won that game".

"It's a learning curve". 'He is one of the greatest in England.

Podolski was making his 130th and final appearance for Germany and marked an emotional friendly with his 49th goal, a belter from 25 yards to seal a 1-0 win in the latest installment of his storied fixture.

Despite coming out second best thanks to a wonder strike from Lukas Podolski, England were arguably the better side on the night and had plenty of chances to find the back of the net - one of their only downsides was their failure to hit the mark.

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Gareth Southgate has called on England's fans to support their country "in the right way at all times" after deplorable chanting was heard during the friendly in Germany.

"But I've also got to highlight to them the good things that they did".

"I'm very pleased with the performance, lots of excellent individual performances".

"All that was missing was the finish to get the winning goal which I felt we deserved".

The paradox was that John Stones, the English defender best suited to this system, was left out, but that was only because Southgate had detected signs of fatigue from the Manchester City defender.

Adam Lallana played 66 minutes for England on Wednesday night - and the Liverpool fans praised his performance on Twitter. "It gets them into positions where they can be really risky, really effective", he said.

They enjoyed successful club careers, received a chance to play for England, enjoyed a few good games, went to a few worldwide tournaments, failed, came back and repeated the process. "So we watched how the game went on and it was good he was still in it".

Now sitting two points clear at the top of their World Cup qualifying group, England are expected to seal their spot at Russian Federation 2018, but the expectation levels from fans could be at an all-time low after being humiliated at the last two major tournaments. "It's very exciting for what we can do moving forward".

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