CLASS ACT: Joe Hart fist-pumps Lukas Podolski

March 22, 2017
 Even Joe Hart congratulated Lukas Podolski for his stunning goal

Joe Hart congratulated Lukas Podolski for his stunning goal

DESPITE the rivalry between England and Germany being steeped with history, Joe Hart and Lukas Podolski showed great respect between each other.

It was Podolski’s international send off in Dortmund and he capped off his wonderful career with the national team with a wonder strike.

The German was substituted off to a standing ovation, but after the ex-Arsenal man thumped in the winner him and Hart shared a fist pump.

It was the perfect send off for Podolski who wore the captain’s armband on his 130th cap for his country.

Podolski played alongside Leroy Sane and Julian Brandt as they played behind debutant Timo Werner who led the line.

It was a terrific 30-yard strike from Podolski, which fired into the top corner – leaving Hart with no chance.

Lukas Podolski scored the only goal of the game as the Three Lions were defeated 1-0 in Dortmund

Lukas Podolski scored the only goal of the game as the Three Lions were defeated 1-0 in Dortmund
Lukas Podolski scored a stunning goal to send England to defeat

Lukas Podolski wheeled away in celebration after scoring the winner

Speaking to ITV, Cahill said: “If you’re looking at chances, we had the better ones, simple as that.

“I think we’ll look back and reflect that, had we taken our chances, we win that game. It’s a learning curve for us but if we’re a little bit more clinical in front of goal…

“I thought we played well, especially first half, we controlled the game really well. But they took their chances.”

A number of pre-match tributes were paid to Lukas Podolski in Dortmund

A number of pre-match tributes were paid to Lukas Podolski in Dortmund
And Lukas Podolski even made a goodbye speech before the action got underway

And Lukas Podolski even made a goodbye speech before the action got underway
Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill and Michael Keane did not allow Germany a single shot on target in the first half

Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill and Michael Keane played as part of a back three

SOURCE: thesun.co.uk


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