The German uploaded a picture to Instagram of himself at a local park in London with the kids, whose day he presumably made:
The Metro add that he has since explained why he turned up, telling German media:
The weather was beautiful on Sunday and I wanted to kick a ball about. The field is near my home in London. I sometimes go there with my son as it reminds me of my childhood. Playing fields are legendary for me and it’s still fun to play on them.
No match report was available, sadly, but we suspect Podolski's presence might have tipped the balance in favour of whatever side he was on...