Alan Shearer was not shocked in the slightest to see Chelsea forward Kai Havertz left out of Germany’s latest World Cup line-up.

Shearer remarked on the 23-year-old’s omission from the XI against Spain on commentary for the BBC yesterday.

Hansi Flick decided to drop Havertz to the bench for his country’s crunch clash in Qatar last night.

Chelsea’s major money signing did not exactly warrant a second successive start, after stuttering in the previous encounter with Japan.

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He led the line for a Germany side who peppered their opponents net, but still managed to lose the game.

Ilkay Gundogan’s first-half penalty was snubbed out by Japan’s quickfire double in the final 15 minutes of the contest.

Havertz held back at World Cup

Flick’s status as a World Coach was hanging in the balance heading into Sunday’s fight versus Spain, so he needed to change something.

His reaction: take Havertz out of the attack.

“No, not at all,” responded Shearer when asked if he was surprised to see the Chelsea player as a substitute.

“When you look at the numbers in the last game with Germany, that’s where they let themselves down in the final third.

“26 shots they had and Havertz didn’t have one. When you are a forward, that’s not acceptable. So Hansi Flick had to do something different tonight. It’s no surprise he went for experience.”

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Thomas Muller started up front instead, but didn’t do much to influence proceedings.

It was actually Niclas Fullkrug who swung the tie for Germany coming off the bench.

The Werder Bremen striker entered the fray with 20-minutes remaining and scored almost immediately to cancel out Alvaro Morata’s earlier strike.

Whilst all the action was going down, Havertz remained on the side-lines as Flick completely overlooked him.

Will Chelsea fans see their frustrating attacker again at the tournament?

Unless Germany can defeat Costa Rica and pray Spain beat Japan, the answer is no.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."