Joachim Löw's Germany were left stunned after a resurgent England side managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat on a warm Berlin night at the Olympiastadion.
Löw fielded an interesting defence, giving young AS Roma centre-back Antonio Rüdiger a chance as well as playing versatile Liverpool midfielder Emre Can at right-back. Sami Khedira was made captain.
Following a minute's silence for those who passed away in Brussels, the game got underway in Hertha BSC's stadium and the opening fifteen minutes saw a flurry of chances being spurned from both sides, most notably England scrappily keeping the hosts at bay and Gary Cahill missing a very easy header.
Following a period of relative stalemate, Germany attacked once more. Khedira, who wasn't having a great game showed a moment of brilliance, by threading a past through for Mario Gómez , but despite putting the ball in the net, the goal was wrongly ruled for offside.
England's panicking nature in front of goal was shown once more, Harry Kane gathered the ball and squared it for a hesitant Welbeck who was expertly tackled by Emre Can before Adam Lallana blazed the follow up over the bar.
The breakthrough came late in the first-half. Germany countered with Toni Kroos leading the charge and, although Jonas Hector was marauding down the left flank, the Real Madrid star went for glory and found the bottom left corner witha vintage goal, beating the injured Jack Butland.
The home side soon doubled their lead little over ten minutes into the second half with Gomez leaping into action to strongly header in the captain's floating cross.
However, England replied minutes later as a scrappy cross was picked up by Kane who fooled the Germans with a suitable Cruyff turn, before slotting low past Manuel Neuer.
More drama ensued, as Nathaniel Clyne beat his Liverpool teammate, Can, and crossed it in for substitute Jamie Vardy who managed to get ahead of Rüdiger and, surprise surprise, magically flick the equaliser past the world number one, much to the jubilation of the away fans.
A famous win was almost on the cards for the Three Lions. An catastrophic pass from Can saw his deep pass intercepted by Vardy and when pulled back, Dele Alli could only fire over the Neuer's goal.
And a famous win is what it turned out to be. Jordan Henderson finally managed to deliever a good cross and Eric Dier beat André Schürrle to the ball to giftt England with a famous win in Berlin.
The World Champions' next game sees them take on old foes, Italy, also at home.