Germany’s friendly with England appeared at times to resemble a Lukas Podolski testimonial, and the man himself has ensured that he will be tomorrow’s main talking point.
The 31-year-old is retiring from international football after this, his 130th cap, and has capped off his Germany career with his 49th goal. And in a career where the former Bayern Munich and Arsenal man has scored some fine efforts, his final one is up there with the very best:
Collecting the ball from Andre Schurrle, Podolski took a touch before unleashing a powerful effort from around 30 yards, a shot that England goalkeeper Joe Hart could do little about.
The forward’s night (and, indeed, his international career), ended in a standing ovation (and an instrumental that could probably be described as “overdoing it”) with less than ten minutes remaining as he was taken off and replaced with Sebastian Rudy.
Both of these sides are using this match to prepare for World Cup qualification later this week, with Germany travelling to Azerbaijan and Gareth Southgate’s England coming up against Lithuania.
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