Lukas Podolski’s international career ended in fairy tale fashion as the veteran forward scored a stunning winner in his final game.
His rasping left-footed strike in the second half secured a 1-0 victory in the international friendly against England, a game that could have been mistaken for his testimonial.
The former Arsenal man, receiving his 130th cap, announced he would call time on his storied international career at the conclusion of the clash and the German FA and their fans did everything to give him the proper send-off.
Podolski embraces members of the German support at the end of the international friendly
The forward fired a trademark left-footed strike to give his side the victory over England
Podolski (right) celebrates his goal with Manchester City forward Leroy Sane (left)
The forward’s nickname, ‘Poldi’, was brandished across a stand at the Signal Iduna Park
Debut: 2004 vs Hungary
And he gave those in attendance exactly what they wanted, signing off with his 49th goal in a Germany shirt.
His nickname, ‘POLDI’, was marked across the seats of the stand usually known as Borussia Dortmund’s ‘Yellow Wall’ whilst supporters poured into the ground wearing Podolski masks and shirts, holding a variety of banners in appreciation of his efforts since his debut in 2004.
A video montage of the Galatasaray man’s greatest moments for Die Mannschaft was shown on the big screen as the players lined up prior to the national anthems.
Podolski was then presented with a number of gifts to mark his contribution over the years in a ceremony that caused kick-off to be delayed by eight minutes in Dortmund.
‘I want to personally say thank you for 13 awesome years on and off the pitch,’ Podolski told the adoring crowd ahead of his final cap. ‘You fans have played a big part in that.’
Germany’s Lukas Podolski during a presentation before his final appearance for his country
Podolski thanked his his team-mates and supporters prior to the national anthems
A variety of innovative Podolski banners surrounded the Borussia Dortmund stadium
The entire crowd were united in their support for the country’s third most capped player
The former Arsenal man gives a thumbs up to the capacity crowd as they chant his name
The 31-year-old was made captain by Joachim Low for his last game in a Germany shirt
He (right) made the most of hist final appearance with a trademark strike in the second half
Podolski was mobbed by his team-mates after his fairy tale goal against the English
England goalkeeper Joe Hart (right) was quick to congratulate Podolski on his wonderstrike
Podolski (left) hugs manager Joachim Low after being substituted near the end of the clash
The German legend shook hands with every player and member of staff on the bench
Germany fans take a photo with their Podolski shirts and scarfs prior to the match
Podolski masks were handed out around the ground to allow supporters to pay their respects
A group of German fans pose for a photo with a cardboard cutout of their departing hero