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

Kehrer looked an absolute shoo-in to start for Germany at the World Cup.

Germany boss Flick had used Kehrer more than any other player since taking over from Joachim Low.

Kehrer started Germany’s last international match before Qatar – against Oman – at centre-back. And the game before that – a 3-3 draw with England – he started at right-back.

But Flick dropped the West Ham defender for Germany’s World Cup opener against Japan – which they lost to Japan.

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In many ways it is not a huge surprise. 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.

Arsenal coach and German World Cup winner Per Mertesacker called for West Ham’s £10m summer signing Kehrer to be recalled at right-back ahead of the huge clash with Spain on Sunday.

Flick duly obliged, bringing Kehrer back into the starting XI for the high pressure game where defeat would have sent the Germans home with a game to spare.

But much like his displays with West Ham this season, things did not go well for the ex PSG player.

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

Spain targeted Kehrer as a weak point, consistently probing down that side.

After being booked for a brainless scissor action foul from behind in he middle of the pitch with his Spanish opponent going nowhere, Kehrer was then at fault for the opening goal of the game.

He failed to close down Dani Olmo out wide and allow a low cross into the box which was nicely finished by Alvaro Morata.

Centre-back Niklas Sule was just as culpable. But any West Ham fans thinking Kehrer might be the answer at right-back for the Hammers would surely be reconsidering on this evidence.

The Hammers defender was then caught out of position as Spain almost made it 2-0. But he got away with it before being substituted.

Germany managed to equalise shortly after to earn a 1-1 draw, a result which keeps them alive going into the final game against Costa Rica.

After the match Kehrer was criticised for his performance and given a 3/10 rating by leading German football website Get German Football News.

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Thilo Kehrer, 3 – A real problem area for Germany,” GGFN said.

“Has become Mr. Reliable for Hansi Flick, playing in 15 of his 18 games in charge of Germany but struggled against Olmo, and was shown a yellow card. Failed to close Jordi Alba down quick enough for Spain’s goal and moments later was caught out of position which allowed Spain another chance. Substituted for Lukas Klostermann, who could be with a chance of starting against Costa Rica on Thursday.”

But German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer actually praised his defence after the game for limiting Spain to few chances.

In fairness to Kehrer he showed great attitude by cajoling and encouraging his teammates from the sidelines after being subbed.

And that tallies with claims from Moyes that he has quickly established himself as a leader and positive influence in the dressing room at West Ham.

It will be interesting to see whether the West Ham star will be in the side to face Costa Rica for the all or nothing final group game on Thursday.


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