'He has personality and stands by his opinion' - Low hails Wagner after Germany hat-trick

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The striker scored his first goals for the national team as they beat San Marino 7-0, boosting the coach's confidence ahead of the Confederations Cup

Joachim Low hailed Sandro Wagner and his young Germany team as he claimed a 7-0 win over San Marino was important for their confidence ahead of the Confederations Cup.

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Wagner hit a hat-trick - his first goals for Germany - while Julian Draxler, Amin Younes, Shkodran Mustafi and Julian Brandt also got on the scoresheet in Nuremberg.

The world champions moved a step closer to the World Cup finals, but they must first tackle the Confederations Cup in Russia in the coming weeks, with Low boosted by this performance.

"It was a great opportunity to gain some confidence," he said. "The boys kept the pace up over 90 minutes.

"It was an important game for [Wagner]. He's using his body well and is not easy to defend against. He is a player with maturity and personality and one who stands by his own opinion.

"He is a very open and honest guy and he is very positive within the team."

And 29-year-old Hoffenheim striker Wagner, making just his second appearance for the national team at senior level, was delighted that he was able to contribute and take home the matchball.

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"It was a nice evening," he said. "We wanted to score many goals. I'm glad that I could contribute a small part by scoring three.

"It was awesome, my first three goals for Germany. I'm elated. The first felt great. I waited a long time for that and it was a superb cross from Joshua Kimmich.

"I have said in many interviews that I'm glad to play for my country. Now a goal - it's just a dream for me.

"I have to show good performances, though. If I don't score next season, I won't even be called up by San Marino."

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