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The 23-year-old was thrust into the limelight after being handed a shock start in the World Cup final following an injury to Sami Khedira

Christoph Kramer was given a dream start as he lined up for Germany in the World Cup final against Argentina, but his appearance was cut short when he picked up an injury in the first half.

The 23-year-old was surprisingly called upon to slot in to the starting XI on Sunday night after Sami Khedira suffered a calf injury in the warm-up, thrusting the little known Bayer Leverkusen man into the limelight.

However, his dream night turned to disaster midway through the first half when he was involved in a collision with Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay and replaced by Andre Schurrle after failing to shake off a blow to the head.

Prior to the final, Kramer had appeared just twice in the tournament, as a substitute in the last-16 clash with Algeria and quarter-final against France.

He was a surpise late inclusion in Joachim Low's 23-man squad for the tournament after capitalising on injuries to midfielders Lars Bender and Ilkay Gundogan to seal a spot on the plane to Brazil.

Kramer impressed during a season-long loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach in 2013-14, where he made 33 appearances in all competitions and scored three goals - covering more ground than any other Bundesliga player in the process.

His performances earned him a first international call-up for Germany in a friendly against Poland in May and there will be surely more to come in the seasons ahead.