Lukas Josef Podolski bids goodbye to his wonderful International Career playing his last international friendly against England.
Podolski earned his 130th caps for Germany today, and he scored the only goal of the game in the 69th minute leading Germany to the victory in his final appearance. The thunderous signature strike from the 30 yards out into the top corner by ex-Arsenal man was his 49th goal of the International Career.
Lukas Podolski ended his 13 years of International Career where he took part in seven major tournaments (3 World Cups, 4 Euro Cups) winning World Cup 2014 in Brazil. He was named the Best Young player in the World Cup 2006 ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rooney present in the competition.
Lukas Podolski captained his last match against England yesterday, although he announced his retirement on 15th of August. He got the great reception from the fans after his emotional goodbye speech.
He had a great reaction after the match stating his final match was “like a great movie.” He was applauded with the standing ovation as he got substituted, and the theme from the ‘Gladiator’ movie was played in the background.
“This is like a great movie, we win 1-0 and I score the goal”, he told ARD after the match.
“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 these last 13 years.”
German Boss Joachim Low had his praise on the Podolski:
“He is a unique specimen, no one can really replace him.
A game against England is the right opportunity to say farewell to such a big player for Germany. He has always been a class player. One of the greatest that Germany has ever had.”
Three Lions were missing the captain Wayne Rooney due to an injury with Gary Cahill wearing the armband, and Southgate had a young team to play against Germany. Although England dominated the possession and controlled the game in the first-half, the only difference to the match was the Podolski’s last goal that came shortly after an hour mark.
Germany is set to face Azerbaijan in Group C of World Cup qualifier, and England is set to face Lithuania in Group F of World Cup Qualifier on Sunday, March 26.