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Lukas Podolski scored in his farewell game for Germany, as the World Champions defeated England 1-0 in an worldwide friendly at the Signal Iduna Park.

Podolski brought the curtain down on his career in style, smashing home his 49th global goal in the 69th minute to seal victory for the world champions.

Former Arsenal striker Podolski, who was playing in his 130th and final match for Germany, said: 'They have a good team and manager and they play a different style to before.

"I know I have a left foot that was probably gifted to me by God, or someone up there, and I can always rely on it. I am proud of the last 13 years", beamed Podolski, who will join Japan's Vissel Kobe next season. "It was a great way to say goodbye and a great atmosphere".

It's the icing on the cake for an worldwide career which began in 2004 as Germany looked to rebuild their fortunes around a new generation of talent which also included Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger and later were joined by the likes of Mesut Ozil, Manuel Neuer, Marco Reus, Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze among many others.

England manager Gareth Southgate said that there was no question Wednesday's game against Germany would be cancelled after the London "terrorist" attack as it's "part of our identity that we carry on in moments like this".

Adam Lallana's powerful shot hit the post with 30 minutes gone.

Dier's cross-cum-shot was beaten away well by Ter Stegen and Alli saw a half-chance blocked at his feet as Germany again failed to deal with an England corner, before substitute Andre Schurrle showed some attacking impetus with a good run and shot that whistled wide from 20 yards out.

Podolski said after the match that it was the ideal end to his illustrious worldwide career. It was an incredible strike, but from Joe Hart's point of view it was pretty unstoppable.

While we may have convinced ourselves that improvements were being made, the results at major tournaments - particularly under Roy Hodgson - were an absolute embarrassment. "I will be watching England at the World Cup". "Football evolves and goes around in circles but I think the way that we adapted, considering we didn't have long, worked well".

Loew had included just three World Cup winners - Toni Kroos, Mats Hummels and Podolski - in his starting line-up. "He has played for the under-21s at full-back and centre-back so the system was going to suit him, no problem", added Southgate. "We've lost to a fairy-tale goal". We learned quite a few things. "Of course, it was the ideal end", said the former Arsenal player. "It would be too cheesy for me as a director".

Rooney, however, does indeed deserve some special recognition.

  • Julie Sanders