Chelsea star Timo Werner was reportedly very surprised to hear that he had been dropped from the German national team on live TV.
The striker, 25, has been part of Joachim Low’s squad for recent World Cup qualifiers against Iceland and Romania, as well as Wednesday’s clash against North Macedonia.
Werner had started the majority of Germany’s recent matches, and scored twice in the 3-1 win over Ukraine last November.
But he has slipped down the pecking order recently, making brief substitute appearances in both games so far.
Bild claim that the player only found out the reasons for his bit-part role when he saw Low explaining the decision on TV.
Timo Werner has not started for Germany during the current international break
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The Germany boss claimed that the lack of space in behind Iceland’s deep defence meant that Werner would be less effective.
And the decision has left him not only surprised but also unhappy, say Bild, especially given his poor form for Chelsea so far this season.
Werner will hope to get more minutes on Wednesday against North Macedonia.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel addressed reports that Werner was also unhappy at Chelsea earlier this month, blasting any talk he was weighing up a summer exit.
Werner has struggled for form at Chelsea in his debut season
“Stop reading! Read a book! There is no book on Timo, so read a book!” he exclaimed.
“For Timo, I think he has no reason now to be frustrated because he played an amazing match against Liverpool. Maybe his best match since I arrived.
“Then he had a good match against Everton with a lot of chances to score. He normally is clinical enough and strong enough.
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“He did not score, okay, in a situation like this, this can affect his self-confidence of course. But what does it help?
“The clear advice from us is…