• Lukas Podolski's hammered effort gave Germany the win over England.
  • Podolski ended his international career on a stunning high with a quite sublime effort.
  • England were the better team overall but were made to pay for their profligacy.
  • Dele Alli, Jamie Vardy and Adam Lallana all missed chances.
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Full-time: Germany 1-0 England

Lukas Podolski ensured his international career ended on a stunning high by scoring a sublime goal for Germany against old foes England.

The Three Lions were predominantly the better team and should've taken the lead through Jamie Vardy, Dele Alli and Adam Lallana, but they were made to pay for their profligacy in the second half.

Germany improved in the second period and a final moment of magic from Podolski in a white shirt gave his country the bragging rights over the Three Lions. It was the former Arsenal forward's 49th goal for Die Mannschaft, and it's arguably the best he has ever scored.

That brings our coverage of tonight's proceedings to an end. Have a very good evening.

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Three minutes of stoppage time to play. Can's backheel finds Sane but his effort is blocked by Stones.


Another well worked passage of play by the Germans hands Schurrle an opportunity but his effort is blocked by Stones.

Kroos whips in the corner, Hummels sends it wide. Two minutes to go.


Lukas Podolski leaves the pitch to a standing ovation and with that brings to an end his international career. What a way to sign off. He is replaced by Hoffenheim's Sebastian Rudy.


The game is now experiencing a bit of a lull. A well worked move by Germany allows Sane to close in on goal but the young Manchester City starlet is adjudged offside.

Southgate rolls the dice as Ward-Prowse, Stones and Shaw replace Livermore, Bertrand and Smalling.


Not a bad substitute to bring off the bench.

Thomas Muller replaces debutant Timo Werner and will spearhead his side's attack in the closing stages.


Rashford turns his man and darts into the area but his cross is too close to Ter Stegen.

Germany respond immediately as Keane misjudges the flight of the ball but Sane's rasping effort is saved quite exquisitely by Hart.


They're not wrong.


Changes for England as Lingard and Rashford replace Vardy and Alli. Southgate looking for fresh impetus up top, it seems.


It's out of nowhere, but it had to be Der Hammer.

Kroos finds Schurrle, who lays the ball into the path of Podolski. The departing German has blazed a few efforts over the bar tonight, but he made no mistake there.

An incredible hit from Podolski, and a fitting way to bow out.


GOAL! Germany 1-0 England (Podolski)


Podolski has been enjoying his farewell appearance, despite Germany's troubles.

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25 minutes to go but still no breakthrough for England. There is a break in play, though, as Schurrle lies on the floor after feeling the effects from a Gary Cahill challenge.

Nathan Redmond has replaced Adam Lallana for England, while Emre Can is on in place of Julian Weigl.


Alli sprays a pass out wide to Walker, who in turn finds Lallana. The Liverpool man executes a lovely feint to adjust his body but his effort is blocked for another England corner.


England force a succession of corners as Alli goes close but the German net is yet to be rippled.

Schurrle's first involvement is a bright one, he cuts inside on his left foot and curls an effort that whistles wide of Hart's post.


First Germany substitution sees Andre Schurrle come on in place of Julian Brandt.


Dier latches onto his own pass and stings the gloves of Ter Stegen. 10 minutes gone in the second half, which has more of an even feel about it.


Livermore sends a ball into the channel for Vardy to chase. The Foxes forward beats Hummels for pace and waits for the cavalry to arrive. It comes in the form of Alli, but he couldn't quite skew his effort past Ter Stegen.

Germany respond instantly through Podolski but his two attempts do not trouble Hart, though he does force a German corner.


Brandt almost gives Germany the lead but his left-footed swipe goes just wide. The opportunity came from a corner which Hart failed to properly deal with. Better from the Germans.


Timo Werner gets the second half under way. Will England ramp up the pressure, or will Germany finally respond?


Naughty, that.


A good question. The Tottenham prodigy has been superb in Dortmund.


Half-time: Germany 0-0 England

England have been by the far the better side and should really be in front, but Vardy, Lallana and Alli have failed to convert the chances that have come their way.

Germany have been passive, turgid and wasteful in possession. They have failed to create any chances of note and have found the Three Lions' system very hard to stifle.

Southgate will be pleased, but Loew will demand a reaction. Not good enough from the world champions.

Jamie Vardy and Mats Hummels
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Ter Stegen makes a huge save from Alli, who really should've scored. Bertrand robs Kimmich and finds Vardy, who slips a ball through the legs of Hummels and into the path of Alli.

The precocious talent had time and space, but he couldn't apply the finish. Should've done better.