Lukas Podolski scored the only goal of the game on his farewell appearance for the German national side as they beat England 1-0 in Dortmund.
In what was in all but name a testimonial to the former Arsenal striker, was celebrating his 130th appearance for Germany but still he managed to steal the show.
With 21-minutes left, Podolski smashed home a brilliant winner and it was a fitting end to a brilliant international career.
The Poldi Wall! pic.twitter.com/FD3nX8xCfj
— Man Like Robbie (@MLRobbie) March 22, 2017
In what was Gareth Southgate’s first game as permanent England boss, he started with a back three handing Burnley’s Michael Keane his debut.
The Three Lions started well and were the better team in the first-half with Adam Lallana hitting the post and Dele Alli and Jamie Vardy going close. Keane also almost capped his debut with a goal before firing over.
England continued to look good in the second-half and Southgate gave debuts to two of his Under-21 stalwarts – with Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse coming on.
Southgate’s side showed plenty of endeavour but could not find a way through before Podolski’s winner.
— Dugout (@Dugout) March 22, 2017
The Three Lions next encounter is on Sunday at Wembley with Lithuania the visitors in a World Cup qualifier.
Over in Edinburgh, and even though they did not lose – Scotland had somewhat of a worse performance as they played out a 1-1 draw with Canada at Easter Road.
Falkirk’s Fraser Aird put Canada ahead after 19-minutes, before Steven Naismith levelled ten-minutes before the break when he diverted home a shot from debutant Tom Cairney.
Gordon Strachan’s side will need to see some improvement as the weekend as they face a crucial qualifier against Slovenia on Sunday – which looks a must-win contest for Scotland.
— SportsCentre (@SportsCentre) March 22, 2017