Gareth Southgate happy with England performance despite defeat

Podolski officially retired from Germany duty after Euro 2016 but was summoned back for a final lap of honour in Wednesday's Three Lions friendly, obliging his adoring public with a brilliant 25-yard victor on his 130th appearance.

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.

While the game itself may not have been the most exciting of all time, there was an interesting moment after Podolski had given his side the lead on 69 minutes.

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

It was a great game, a great result and a great way to say goodbye.

Teammates throw Germany's midfielder Lukas Podolski in the air after the friendly football match of Germany vs England in Dortmund, western Germany, on Marcht 22, / It is Lukas Podolski's last match with the German team.

The Football Association's chairman Greg Clarke confirmed a full tribute would be paid to the victims before Sunday's 2018 World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at London's Wembley.

Dele Alli should have put England ahead before the break but he shot straight at Ter Stegen when he only had the goalkeeper to beat.

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"If you're looking at chances we had the better chances it's as simple as that", England captain Gary Cahill said.

Podolski was making his 130th and final appearance for Germany and marked an emotional friendly with his 49th goal, a belter from 25 yards to seal a 1-0 win in the latest installment of his storied fixture.

"I was pleased with the performance".

"I think we will look back and reflect that if we take our chances we would have won that game".

In handing Michael Keane a debut and recalling Jake Livermore from a five-year absence, Gareth Southgate honoured not just the players but their clubs as well.

A minute later, Keane blazed a glorious chance for a debut goal over the bar as a corner fell loose in the Germany area before Adam Lallana spurned an even better opportunity. "It has cleared up a lot of things, it has helped a lot of players, but it has helped the coaching staff in particular to where we are going on Sunday".

His decision to try a new formation was made six weeks ago, he said, partly because he felt it would suit Alli and Lallana. They cover a phenomenal distance, which allows you to get pressure on the opposition.

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.

  • Regina Holmes