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Watch all the goals and highlights from Germany's friendly vs. England in Dortmund.

By Staff
March 22, 2017

Lukas Podolski's international career is over, but not without one last blast off his legendary left foot.

Podolski's second-half goal gave Germany a 1-0 win over England and capped the forward's international career in style at Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park. In his 130th and final appearance for the national team, Podolski scored his 49th career goal, unleashing a left-footed blast from 25 yards and picking out the upper right-hand corner.

Podolski's captained a somewhat experimental Germany team, with the up-and-coming likes of Timo Werner, Julian Weigl and Julian Brandt all getting starts. Meanwhile for England, Burnley's Michael Keane stepped into a three-man back line, and West Brom's Jake Livermore entered the midfield for manager Gareth Southgate, who was without the injured likes of Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane. 

Podolski had an active first half, pushing the issue in his send-off, but he had his best opportunity blocked by Keane. Germany's first half was most notable for its pregame tifo, in which fans paid homage to their star.

England actually came closest to scoring in the opening half, with Adam Lallana hitting the far post on a breakaway opportunity 30 minutes in.

Podolski got his fairytale ending he was looking for in the second half, uncorking his rocket from long distance. The goal unleashed a roar among the crowd in Dortmund and sent him off in style, closing the book on a career that included a 2014 World Cup triumph.

Germany turns its attention to World Cup qualifying, as it plays at Azerbaijan on Sunday.

England, meanwhile, returns home to face Lithuania at Wembley Stadium in Sunday.

Both nations lead their respective World Cup qualifying groups with Germany a perfect 4-0-0 in Group C and England 3-0-1 in Group F.

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