Lukas Podolski: England 'used to play like a rugby team'


Germany's Thomas Muller comes on as a substitute to replace Timo Werner as coach Joachim Low looks on during the worldwide friendly between Germany and England at Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund March 22, 2017.

England goalkeeper Joe Hart was given no chance, and Podolski had a look of incredulity as he wheeled away to celebrate.

Meanwhile, Scotland were held to a 1-1 home draw against Canada as Gordon Strachan's struggling side warmed up for this weekend's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia with another frustrating display.

England used to be "like a rugby" team but have a brighter future because they "play more football now", says former Germany forward Lukas Podolski. So this is definitely going to be a big clash game today.

'Rooney deserves a send-off like mine, ' said Podolski.

England defender Gary Cahill admitted a failure to punish Germany saw Gareth Southgate's first match as permanent manager end in a 1-0 defeat.

Only Lothar Matthäus (150) and Miroslav Klose (137) have more caps, while Podolski's 49 goals put him fourth on the list of all-time top scorers behind Klose (71), Gerd Müller (68) and Joachim Streich (59).

"Our thoughts are with all of those who have been affected by this awful incident", FA chairman Clarke said just prior to the match against Germany. Podolski said: 'I don't know why they (Arsenal fans) are doing this (protesting).

" I'm very pleased with the performance, lots of excellent individual performances".

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"I thought we played well, especially first half, we controlled the game really well".

It was England's first defeat in its sixth game since Euro 2016.

"I think it was a very good game in the end".

There was a giant banner in front of the Westfalenstadion's south stand declaring, "130 games, 48 goals, a legend".

Around 60,000 fans turned out in Dortmund to witness Podolski's swansong and he made a brief farewell speech on the pitch before leading the team as captain for the first time.

With youngsters Timo Werner, Julian Brandt and Leroy Sane starting, the Germans struggled to find their feet and England had good chances to open the scoring through Jamie Vardy and Michael Keane, on his worldwide debut.

Southgate, who went for a new 3-4-3 system, will have been heartened by the debut of Michael Keane, although greater tests lie ahead for the Burnley centre-back and his teammates.

Dier fired a free-kick over the crossbar as England continued to look the better side, and Alli wasted a glorious chance four minutes before the break when he shot straight at Ter Stegen after being given time and space to set himself in the box. More loose play from the home side in midfield had created the opportunity.