Podolski plays his last international match; scores the winner
Friday, March 24, 2017
On Wednesday, Poland-born German football player played his last international game, a friendly match, against England at in . 31-year-old Podolski, who announced retirement in August, scored the only goal of the match.
Before the match started, Podolski received a bouquet from Toni Kroos' assist. In this match, became the 87th player to debut under Germany's manager . The also set a new team record of most consecutive clean sheets, seven, as FC Barcelona's was guarding the German net. received Germany's player of the Year for 2016 recognition.(DFB — German Football Association) president . Podolski netted his 49th international goal in the 69th minute — a 25-yard screamer from
Before the match, Podolski said, "Thank you for thirteen years of having the eagle on the chest. Thank you to everyone. Thank you to my family and my parents. Thank you Dortmund. Thankand thank you Germany!" Podolski immigrated to Germany at the age of two "with basically only a football under my arm", as he put it in August. He earned his 130th international cap on Wednesday. Podolski is Germany's third all time most capped player after and and is the third top-scorer for Germany.
Podolski debuted for Die Mannschaft thirteen years ago in 2004. Since then, the forward has made appearance in seven major tournaments, and won the 2014 Brazil. Podolski was the fifth player to retire from Germany's 2014 World Cup squad. Before him, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, , and hung up international boots.
- "Podolski announces retirement from international football" — Wikinews, August 16, 2016
- European Qualifiers. "European Qualifiers on Twitter" — , March 24, 2017
- "The perfect send off: Podolski fires Germany to 1-0 win over England" — , March 22, 2017
- "Hummels and co. celebrate Podolski's cracker" — , March 22, 2017
- Lukas Podolski. "Podolski's 49th goal (Video)" — , March 23, 2017