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Sunday 22 October 2017

Podolski: I won't celebrate

GERMANY'S game away to Poland tonight (7.45) is a sort of homecoming for Lukas Podolski.

And the Polish-born German international has already promised that if he is lucky enough to score for the world champions, he won't be overdoing the celebrations.

"It is a special thing to play in the country of my birth. I am delighted to be here. But if I happen to score a goal, I won't celebrate," says Podolski ahead of that test for the Germans in front of a full house in Warsaw.

"I am a sportsman and today is all about the win. But Poland will give everything to try and beat us.

"An ideal scenario would be to go to Euro 2016 together with Poland."

It's not quite a patched-up German squad which landed in Warsaw yesterday after a week's training in Frankfurt but the Germans' reserves will be tested due to the absence of key men like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil, though coach Joachim Loew has stated that Julian Draxler and Andre Schürrle, who had been injury doubts, are fit.

"We're missing a few players that played key roles at the World Cup. We've got a lot of young players in their place," says Loew. "We're world champions, but that alone won't win us games. Poland are a candidate for first or second place in the group."

Poland are looking for their first-ever win over Germany in a game where the battle between club-mates Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer will be key.

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