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Podolski goes out with super goal; Germany tops England

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The highlight of Wednesday’s international friendly docket was Lukas Podolski‘s final match for Germany, and the former Arsenal man did not disappoint his crowd.

But first, Canada plays its first match since unveiling new coach Octavio Zambrano.

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Scotland 1-1 Canada

Zambrano saw plenty to like from his new side, as Canada went ahead early with a goal from former Scottish youth Fraser Aird. Toronto-born, the ex-Rangers and current Falkirk man got his first Canadian goal against the team he represented at U-17 and U-19 levels.

Norwich City’s Steven Naismith redirected Tom Cairney‘s shot to make it 1-1 before the break, but Scotland never found its way back into Canada’s net.

Germany 1-0 England

Lukas Podolski scored his 49th international goal in his final cap for Germany, and it was spectacular.

Joe Hart didn’t stand a chance.

The match saw big stops from both ‘keepers, as Hart thwarted Leroy Sane on a second half break after Marc-Andre Ter Stegen defied Dele Alli in the opening 45.

Podolski subbed off in the 84th minute to wild applause, but it must sting slightly to know you finished an illustrious career one goal short of a nice, round 50. We guess he’ll have to rest on his millions and millions of earnings and loads of on-field honors.

Elsewhere
Vietnam 1-1 Chinese Taipei
Philippines 0-0 Malaysia
Cyprus 3-1 Kazakhstan
Yemen 0-1 Palestine
Cambodia 2-3 India

19-year-old Rangers midfielder to choose Canada over Scotland

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It looks like all Benito Floro needs to do is offer a full cap to Rangers midfielder Fraser Aird to ensure the 19-year-old’s future is Canadian.

Born in Toronto but much-desired for Scotland’s upcoming U-19 tournament,  The Daily Record said Aird is thinking Canada as he waits for Floro’s call ahead of next month’s friendlies against Moldova and Bulgaria:

“I’m waiting to find out if I’m 
named in the squad. It hasn’t been announced but if I’m in it then it will be a big honour for me to be involved with the first team.

“I need to speak to the gaffer and decide what is best for me. I’ve done well here but the biggest achievement you can have in your career is playing for your country.

“I just need to wait and see what happens with the squad.”

The midfielder has scored six times for Rangers in Scotland’s third-tier as they’ve continued their rise back towards the top flight after a banishment to the lower levels. Rangers will play next season in the Championship. Ally McCoist has pushed him in the direction of Scotland, apparently to no avail.