Published On: Wed, Mar 22nd, 2017

Germany ace Lukas Podolski sticks the knife into England: This is why we are better

And the former Arsenal striker further laid the boot into Gareth Southgate’s England when he insisted that they will do well in tournaments – until they meet Germany.

Podolski will make his final appearance for his country when he captains his side in their friendly against England in Dortmund tonight before quitting Galatasary for Vissel Kobe in Japan at the end of the season.

The striker, 31, will be winning his 130th cap tonight – he made his debut in 2004 – and claimed that consistency is the secret to German success. Under Joachim Low, who took over as coach in 2006, the Germans won the World Cup in 2014 and were semi-finalists in 2010, were beaten finalists at Euro 2008 and semi-finalists at Euro 2012 and 16.

Podolski said: “The only thing I can say is that we have had a great coach for over 10 years and the consistency is very important.

“England have young promising players and they can get far in tournaments – as long as they don’t face Germany!”

With Southgate, England are on their sixth coach – including Stuart Pearce who took charge for one game as caretaker – in that same period.

Low, meanwhile, attacked Jose Mourinho’s treatment of German legend Sebastian Schweinsteiger. The former German captain annnounced yesterday he that is leaving Manchester United for MLS side Chicago Fire on a £3.6million-a-year deal.

Schweinsteiger, 32, has not made a single league appearance this season and Low said: “We had contact a few weeks ago and I knew Schweinsteiger tried everything in training but he could not make it to the first team.

“I’m sure, since I have seen some of Manchester United, that he could have helped in central midfield. He was very close to the squad but Mourinho decided otherwise so it is a good opportunity to end his career to go abroad to get a new experience.”

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who missed his club’s defeat at West Brom on Saturday, has been ruled out of tionight’s game with a hamstring injury.

Germany will also be without Paris St Germain midfielder Julian Draxler.

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