Timo Werner may still be waiting for his first goal in Russia but the Germany forward insists “no money in the world” can replace representing his country at a World Cup.
However, Werner did play a key role in Germany’s thrilling 2-1 victory over Sweden in Sochi, winning a free-kick in stoppage time that led to Toni Kroos’ match-winning strike.
“As long as we win games, I don’t care who scores,” Werner – who stuck 13 times in the 2017-18 Bundesliga season – told the media.
“I’ve played in the Champions League, but it still doesn’t compare.
Werner – who admitted he was too tired to join in the celebrations after Kroos’ dramatic goal – started against Sweden in a central role but was moved out wide for the second half to accommodate the introduction of Mario Gomez.
“With regards my position, I’m a striker so my favourite position is through the middle,” he said. “But when we play a team that sit as deep as Sweden did, playing wide allows you to pick up some more momentum running at defenders.
As well as offering a more physical presence on the field, veteran Gomez is also having a positive impact on his young team-mate.
“When things aren’t going your way, a player like him can be so important. You can also see after the game how happy he is, whether he’s played or not.”