Lukas Podolski: Manchester United's Wayne Rooney deserves England farewell

Lukas Podolski brought down the curtain on his global career and provided a stunning goal in his 130th cap for Germany to edge the "Three Lions" in front of 60,109 spectators at Signal-Iduna Park.

"Normally fairy tales don't happen in football", England coach Gareth Southgate said.

England maintained control of the match after the break, with Jamie Vardy going close, before they were caught cold when, out of nothing, former Arsenal striker Podolski unleashed an unstoppable effort which whistled past Hart in an instant in the 69th minute.

Podolski was handed a farewell game to mark the end of a career spanning 13 years that saw him claim 49 goals against England on Wednesday - a game in which he fittingly scored the victor. There also has to be a greater connection between the Football Association, the players and the supporters, although that is a hard topic after a match in which the England fans let everyone down with their moronic songs.

"God or whoever gave me a left foot and it has served me well over the years".

"Up until the goal I thought we were really the better side".

There were positive signs for the Euro 2016 flops, however, as they dominated the Germans for long periods and wasted numerous chances through the likes of Dele Alli and Adam Lallana.

Right performance, wrong result "I was pleased with the performance". He has scored 48 worldwide goals but also, according to Loew, contributed to the team's morale and spirit through his infectious good humor and easy-going nature.

"It's never nice to lose, but I have to be pleased with the way the players played and how the tactical system worked".

The Football Association plans to mark the attacks on Sunday when England host Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley, but speaking before the friendly against Germany, Southgate paid tribute to the families of those affected. "I played in a game in Portugal where Luis Figo had a similar thing, but you can't always predict when the end is coming for people".

Podolski tested England goalkeeper Joe Hart, while Eric Dier forced ter Stegen, in for injured Manuel Neuer, into a diving save on 52 minutes.

And he should be very proud - though we're gutted he didn't come off the pitch and shout 'ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?' to the packed stadium.

He picked out Michael Keane for praise on a night when the Burnley defender played as one of three centre-halves.

"I don't know why the fans are protesting".

  • Julie Sanders