Germany's build-up play before Lukas Podolski's screamer was fantastic

Germany v England - International Friendly

When it comes to keeping the ball, there are few better international teams than Germany.

Joachim Low has integrated a possession-based philosophy ever since making the step up to manager in 2006 - and to much success.

Germany famously won the 2014 World Cup after obliterating Brazil in the semi-finals, while they've finished in the top three in each of the last three European Championships.

Armed with the likes of Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil and the recently retired Bastian Schweinsteiger, the Germans have dominated opponents for the best part of a decade.

Their slick style of football was once again on show during Wednesday night's 1-0 win over England, with Lukas Podolski scoring the game's only goal.

Despite fielding a young and relatively inexperienced starting line-up, Low's side grew into the game and demonstrated their confidence on the ball.

"Well, in the first half, the boys were very, very nervous," Low said after the game, per Sky Sports. "We picked younger players.

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

Germany played very few long balls throughout the friendly at the Signal Iduna Park, with goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen even getting involved in the possession play.

Germany v England - International Friendly

And come the 69th minute, their persistence paid off.

While Podolski's 25-yard thunderbolt stole the limelight - and rightly so - there was a lot to be said about the quality of Germany's build-up play.

It all starts from Ter Stegen in the video below, with Germany playing a number of risky passes in their own defensive third before finding Podolski, who leathered his shot past Joe Hart.

Now that's how you keep possession at the back. It took 13 inch-perfect passes to get the ball to Podolski - and that's without counting the passes made before Ter Stegen received the ball.

This was actually one of  few occasions where Germany were given enough time to play the ball out from the back, with Gareth Southgate deploying a high intensity press.

Low recognised how well England's players did to shut down his side, saying: "It was noticeable that England were playing more intensely, much more vigorously in the tackle especially.

"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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