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Lukas Podolski made up for a lengthy farewell speech with the perfect goodbye goal for Germany


That’s a proper goal.

With Germany v England Lukas Podolski’s final international appearance, the former Arsenal star was allowed a speech before kick-off.

And at the end of a career spanning 130 games, that’s fair enough – the problem was some people thought it was a little long.

Some even felt the lengthy nature of the speech was enough to warrant added time.

Eventually, the game did indeed get under way – for a while, it didn’t seem to be going to well for Lukas…

… but that was before he unleashed his traction engine of a left foot on the international stage one last time.

Pick. That. One. Out.

What a finish, and look what it does to the stats – the same number of international goals as Bobby Charlton, and the same number of World Cups too – worthy of a lengthy speech some might say…

The goal turned out to be the winner, appropriately, and Podolski’s substitution towards the end was worthy of note as well.

What a goal – what a career.

We’ll miss you Poldi!

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