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German outlet Bild attacked Julian Brandt for taking a selfie with a young fan at the World Cup.
Brandt entered the fray as a substitute against Mexico on Sunday, and nearly made an instant impact of the bench. His rasping second-half shot narrowly went wide, with the defending World champions eventually losing 1-0.
The German camp has reacted with skipper Manuel Neuer and Mats Hummels responding to the surprising defeat.
Not to mention the German press. Bild aimed their cross-hairs at Brandt for taking a picture with a fan in the crowd.
The headline reads: "Germany spoils the start of the 2018 World Cup - and Julian Brandt (22) has nothing better to do than grinning at a fan-camera..."
Meanwhile, Julian Brandt took a selfie with a child after the match, which has annoyed Bild.- Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) June 18, 2018
'Germany spoils the start of the 2018 World Cup - and Julian Brandt (22) has nothing better to do than grinning at a fan-camera...'
This is so English. pic.twitter.com/EjwYmKuOlF
Brandt stuck up for himself: "I wanted to go down the player's tunnel, then came the little boy and screamed. In the second you do not think about it.- Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) June 18, 2018
"You do the kid the favour or not. I took the phone and took the selfie. I did not think anything of it."
We thought the English press was bad...
The 22-year-old has since defended his actions following the full-time whistle.
"I wanted to go down the player's tunnel, then came the little boy and screamed.
"In the second you do not think about it. You do the kid the favour or not. I took the phone and took the selfie. I did not think anything of it."
No need to panic just yet according to Germany coach Joachim Low, who insists his side will not change their match plan ahead of games versus Sweden and South Korea.
"I have no idea why that was the case with other countries. We will not suffer that fate. We will make it to the next round," he said.
"We will certainly not change our match plan. If we are able to play out our ideas then we have players who able to deliver.
"We will not just break apart now and become headless and do something completely different. There is no need to break out in panic just because we have lost a match."
Germany resume their World Cup campaign on Saturday vs. Sweden.
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