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Timo Werner admits surprise at lack of playing time for Germany

By Rune Gjerulff

Timo Werner admits he was surprised that he didn't play more in Germany's last three games.

Timo Werner.
Timo Werner.

Timo Werner has been a mainstay in the German national team since making his senior international debut in 2017.

Werner has been a regular starter for the most part, but – much to his own surprise – the 25-year-old Chelsea forward only came on as a substitute in Germany's most recent games against Iceland, Romania and North Macedonia a few months ago.

"If we just look at the attacking positions and assume that we play with a back four, then we have nine players for six places, who all deserve to play. You could let anyone play, and you wouldn't see a drop in performance. We're all at the same level," Werner told Sport1 and added:

"Still, I was a little surprised that I played so little in our most recent games, because before that I played 90 minutes almost every time. And in the games before that, I scored relatively often for the DFB."

This, however, doesn't necessarily mean that Werner won't be in Joachim Löw's line-up when 'Die Mannschaft' kick off Euro 2020 on 15 June.

"[Löw] talked to me again after the past three internationals and explained that I would be a very important player for him at the Euros. He said that our last three games are independent of my chances of playing at the Euros. You can talk very openly with Joachim Löw."

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