Former Gunner pictured in tears after final international game

Lukasz Fabianski in tears following his substitution in his final game for Poland (Photo via EPA)
Lukasz Fabianski in tears following his substitution in his final game for Poland (Photo via EPA)

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski ended his international career with a win for Poland on Saturday.

Lukasz Fabianski in tears following his substitution in his final game for Poland (Photo via EPA)
Lukasz Fabianski in tears following his substitution in his final game for Poland (Photo via EPA)

Former Arsenal and current West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski announced his international retirement over the summer, but Poland gave him one final start as a farewell on Saturday.

The 36-year-old started the match against San Marino, and he was substituted in the 57th minute, presumably as a reference to his 57 caps for his country. He was in tears as he left the field to a guard of honour.

The game was effectively over by that point, with Poland 3-0 up against a San Marino team with just one goal in qualification. So it was one final clean sheet for Fabianski on his record, helping his country’s World Cup qualification hopes.

Fabianski has been playing for Poland pretty regularly since his debut in 2006, but his best spell was probably in 2016.

Not only was that the year he made the most appearances, but it was also the year he was Poland’s starting goalkeeper at Euro 2016 as they reached the quarter-finals, their best-ever Euros result.

Fabianski will now return to West Ham, where he’s still playing every week in the Premier League. The goalkeeper has started eight of West Ham’s first 10 games of the campaign, and he doesn’t look like losing his place just yet.