Podolski Shines, As Germany Beat England

Manager Gareth Southgate suffered his first defeat in charge of England as striker Lukas Podolski's  brilliant second-half winner provided a fifting farewell to his Germany career in Dortmund.

The Three lions coach had been undefeated in four games as interim coach following Sam Allardyce's abrupt departure from the England post after one game - and he will feel this loss in his first game in permanent control was harsh on his side after a creditable performance versus the Joachim Low team.

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana struck a post and Dele Alli saw a shot blocked at points-blank range by Germany goal-keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in the first half as England were superior for spells.

It was almost inevitable, however, that ex-Arsenal forward Podolski, given a hero's reception before, during and after the match, made the decisive with a rising left-foot shot from outside the area after 69 minutes that gave England goalkeeper Joe Hart no chance.

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