Emre Can cut a frustrated figure on Wednesday evening as his Germany side failed to break down a resilient Poland and ended up having to settle for the first 0-0 draw of this summer’s championships.
For the second game in succession, Can was an unused substitute.
22-year-old Can has six caps for the national side and was widely tipped for a leading role at the EUROs, but Germany boss Joachim Low has opted to Kroos and Khedira in the centre of the park for their two games so far.
Germany are top of Group C with four points from their two games. With four of the six third-placed sides progressing to the last-16, it seems the reigning world champions are all-but qualified.
It means Can might finally see some game time in their last group match against tournament minnows Northern Ireland next Tuesday.
Michael O’Neill’s men beat Ukraine 2-0 earlier in the day – giving Ukraine the dubious honour of the first side to be knocked out of the competition. They might be able to sneak through with three points, but would ideally take at least a point away from the Germans to make sure.