Low praise for special Podolski

Germany head coach Joachim Low was delighted with the way Lukas Podolski ended his international career, saying it was a 'special farewell for a special player'.

The 31-year-old was excellent in his final game for Die Mannschaft in the 1-0 friendly win over England where he capped off a memorable evening with a superb goal on 69 minutes.

After the game, a beaming Low praised Podolski for his performance while also revealing what it meant to the team to be able to celebrate the talents of a player with 130 appearances for his country, and a 2014 World Cup winner's medal.

He said: "Well, it was of course very emotional already the entire day. We have put together a movie for Lukas and we watched it together ahead of the departure.

"All the nice scenes we have experienced all together. And if one would have had the opportunity to wish something for today, it would have been that what actually has happened.

"Special players have a special farewell. And so it happened today that Lukas has scored the winning goal in his last international game.

"And on top (of the farewell) with such a brilliant goal. So, I think we are all very happy about this."

Low also felt that his side were pushed all the way by a determined England side, although with a number of young German players in his team, that was always inevitable.

He explained: "Well, in the first half, the boys were very, very nervous.

"We picked younger players. It was noticeable that England were playing more intensely, much more vigorously in the tackle especially.

"It took us a while to get used to this and slowly but surely I think our players got used to rhythm.

"I think it was a very good game in the end. It was good to play against opponents that really gave us a run for our money."

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