German coach Hansi Flick has defended striker Timo Werner against criticism.

“It is a bit underestimated what he does for the team. He is really willing to find ways to put the opponent under pressure. He creates spaces in front of the defence,” Flick said ahead of Tuesday’s football classic against England in Munich.

In last Saturday’s mixed Nations League opener in Bologna against European champions Italy (1-1), Werner was hapless as a striker and failed to create any serious chances.

The 26-year-old from Chelsea FC was in the starting eleven in eight of the ten international matches under Flick (six goals), the other two he missed due to a strain.

Germany’s record-breaking international Lothar Matthäus also had words of praise for the out-of-form Werner after the performance in Bologna. He was a big fan of his. Werner has great speed, shows commitment to the team, scores goals and also prepares, Matthäus had explained on Bild-TV.