Highlights: Podolski goal lifts Germany over England

Southgate calls for positive England support after deplorable chants in Germany

Southgate's system was ambitious and that is exactly how England played against the World Cup champions, but their profligacy in front of goal was punished later on by Lukas Podolski, who scored a trademark goal with an absolute hammer of a shot that Joe Hart had no chance of saving.

The visitors continued to enjoy the better of things as the half progressed, though, and Eric Dier threatened to break the deadlock with a carbon copy of his dramatic victor from England's victory in Berlin last March when he met Lallana's corner at the near post but couldn't generate the power to test Ter Stegen.

"Ultimately, Sunday is the most important game and we will have a good game-plan to attack that game", said Lallana.

"It's not been a great night, it won't be memorable in anyone's minds at the end of careers but it was invaluable to me to use the information we collected for Sunday".

"It's a learning curve".

Gary Cahill captained England as part of back-three alongside Michael Keane, who was making his debut, and Chris Smalling.

He added: "Obviously that's awful but we were focused on the job we had to do".




Lukas Podolski was the only goal scorer as Germany beat England in his testimonial an worldwide friendly in Dortmund on Wednesday night.

England's first real chance came in the 31st minute, when Adam Lallana intercepted a poor pass by Joshua Kimmich and raced toward the German goal. Podolski said: 'I don't know why they (Arsenal fans) are doing this (protesting). The new tactical system worked really well, there were individual performances throughout the team that were at a high level.

" We've also got some intelligent footballers in there, and it's pleasing for me, because I think we needed that ability, and we showed it tonight".

To add extra lustre to this new era of open, non-island thought from Southgate and the Football Association, it was announced before kick-off that a memorandum of understanding has been signed with the DFB, German football's governing body, to share ideas about coaching, youth development and administration. "It allowed individuals to express themselves in areas of the pitch where they felt comfortable". "Before it was a like a rugby style, now they have good guys, good characters".

The teams are top of their respective groups for the matches on the road to Russian Federation 2018 when England host Lithuania and Germany are away to Azerbaijan.

"However, we were very nervous in the first half but we improved our performance in the second half to snatch the win". "They also play in big teams in the Premier League, which helps".

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