Flick praises new Germany star: ‘He’s got a good total package’

Florian Wirtz - Germany

New Germany head coach Hansi Flick has praised Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Florian Wirtz. The youngster received his first international call-up in March this year, but it was Flick who rewarded him with his debut. With his debut Wirtz has become the third-youngest player to appear for Germany since the Second World War, after Uwe Seeler and current international teammate Jamal Musiala.

The Leverkusen midfielder enjoyed his first full breakthrough season last year, becoming the youngest player in the club’s history as he made his Bundesliga debut against Werder Bremen aged 16. Since then Wirtz has established himself as a first-team regular at Leverkusen, earning himself a spot on the national team under Flick.

The German boss is impressed with Wirtz’s development. “Florian is just a huge asset for this team through his carefreeness,” Flick said at a press conference ahead of Germany’s qualifier against Iceland. “He’s simply an outstanding technician, loves to play, very creative, has a good shot, runs hard and is quick. He’s got a good total package.”

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