Germany's number two goalkeeper Oliver Kahn will play in the host nation's third-place match against Portugal on Saturday, Bild newspaper reported.
In an article on the paper's website, Bild said coach Juergen Klinsmann had opted for Kahn over favored keeper Jens Lehmann who has played all Germany's other matches so far.
"I don't see this as just a gesture at all," Kahn told the newspaper. "I am looking forward to it. For me even third place in the World Cup has a value."
Bild said Klinsmann had informed Kahn, who at 37 is the oldest player in the German squad, of the decision on Thursday.
Earlier Lehmann said he would be prepared to sit out the third-place match in order to give Kahn a final taste of the World Cup.
The Arsenal goalkeeper has fought a long battle with Bayern Munich's Kahn to be named as first choice for the finals.