Thilo Kehrer is coming home to West Ham as disastrous German World Cup ends on thrilling night of action.

West Ham’s players were back in training at Rush Green on Thursday.

And £10m summer signing Kehrer won’t be far behind them after Germany crashed out of the Qatar World Cup.

Japan came from behind to beat Spain while Costa Rica made life difficult in a topsy turvy 4-2 win for Kehrer’s Germany.

West Ham man Thilo Kehrer was booked, hooked and heavily criticised after Germany’s World Cup draw with Spain.

It left Germany needing a win and the other result to go their way to have a chance of making the last 16.

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Despite being the player used most by boss Hansi Flick before the tournament, West Ham fans tuning in would not have been surprised to see Kehrer dropped again after his performance last time out.

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And Kehrer is coming home to West Ham as a disastrous German World Cup ends on thrilling night of action.

Kehrer has divided opinion at the London Stadium so far.

After impressing initially when signing for the Hammers, Kehrer has been extremely erratic and inconsistent as West Ham went into the World Cup break two places above the relegation zone.

Kehrer has been described as ‘woeful’ by Matchday 365 who revealed he has made FIVE errors which have directly resulted in goals for the opposition since joining West Ham – the most in the Premier League.

In fairness to Kehrer, some of his West Ham teammates have been just as culpable for those goals as him.

But the ex PSG man will need to improve quickly when domestic action resumes for the Hammers at league leaders Arsenal on Boxing Day.

Kehrer will at least have a few weeks to get over his World Cup disappointment after a break before returning to Rush Green to join his West Ham teammates.

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Spain and Germany were the clear favourites to make it out of a group containing Costa Rica and Japan. At one stage – with Japan and Costa Rica both winning 2-1 – the two favourites were heading out!

Japan’s 2-1 win over Spain saw them top the group having beaten Germany in the first group game.

And Spain’s superior goal difference courtesy of their thumping win over Costa Rica saw them make the knockouts ahead of Germany as a result.

Failure to qualify will be seen as a disaster in Germany. There was no shortage of controversy either as the ball looked to have gone out of play before Japan’s winning goal. And the host broadcasters did not show close up replays, leading to conspiracy theories as one might expect.

Let’s hope Kehrer can put all this behind him and start to really settle down at West Ham.

He is a well liked character in the dressing room and manager David Moyes has described him as a genuine leader for the group.


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