Germany 1-0 England: Adam Lallana and Dele Alli shine as Lukas Podolski ends on a high

Lukas Podolski saw his international career end on a high as he scored the winner in Germany’s 1-0 win over England.

The former Arsenal star, making his 130th and final appearance for his country, scored a rasping drive from distance midway through the second half to secure a win for Joachim Low’s side in Dortmund.

It was Podolski’s 49th goal for Die Mannschaft and the thunderbolt that flew past Joe Hart into the top right corner was a fitting tribute to a fine international career that saw him lift the World Cup.

While the night would belong to the German star, there were plenty of positives to take for Gareth Southgate’s travelling men, despite it being his first defeat as England manager.

Adam Lallana, who hit the post, and Dele Alli put in particularly impressive performances as England took the game to the hosts, while largely limiting them to any clear chances.

But a stunning strike from Podolski, who was substituted off to the Gladiatior theme music and thunderous applause late on, proved to be the difference on the night.



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