Germany's build-up play before Lukas Podolski's screamer was fantastic

Only Lothar Matthäus (150) and Miroslav Klose (137) have more caps, while Podolski's 49 goals put him fourth on the list of all-time top scorers behind Klose (71), Gerd Müller (68) and Joachim Streich (59).

He added: "Obviously that's bad but we were focused on the job we had to do". There were some really encouraging displays from players who haven't played for us before.

Elsewhere, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan claimed their 1-1 draw against Canada was "invaluable" for his team selection ahead of Sunday's crucial game against Slovenia.

Germany's Lukas Podolski after scoring the opening goal during the friendly soccer match between Germany and England on Wednesday in Dortmund, Germany.

Podolski had to hold back the tears as the anthems were belted out before kick-off and even England goalkeeper Joe Hart felt the need to congratulate the World Cup victor in the aftermath of his 69th minute thunderbolt.

It was the only goal in a game of hits and misses for England, who played the better football but spurned a number of gilt-edged chances.

The teams are top of their respective groups for the matches on the road to Russian Federation 2018 when England host Lithuania and Germany are away to Azerbaijan. "We should have had the game won but I am very pleased with what we did". "At the last one people were hoping, but I think now we'd be going to Russian Federation thinking we can't win".

"We are trying to acknowledge and recognise that, our past, years ago we weren't even invited back to matches", Southgate, a former England worldwide himself, said.

Southgate's new system was a nod to what Antonio Conte has done at Chelsea and, after only one training session trying a different shape, he was entitled to be pleased about the structure of his team. Throughout the team there were some good performances. "They've scored a fairytale goal, but I've got to be proud of what the players have done".

Southgate named an inexperienced line-up in an experimental formation - taking inspiration from Chelsea's 3-4-3 set up which has taken the Premier League by storm this season - and the likes of Dele Alli and Adam Lallana impressed in more advanced attacking positions.

"We have a lot of fixtures coming up and he is out for the games against Darmstadt, Mainz and Leverkusen". They cover a phenomenal distance, which allows you to get pressure on the opposition. It's something to build on from tonight's game.

"However, we were very nervous in the first half but we improved our performance in the second half to snatch the win".

  • Julie Sanders