Wagner’s 11 goals in 31 games during his maiden campaign with Hoffenheim helped Julian Nagelsmann’s team achieve a fourth-place Bundesliga finish. His top-flight exploits also drew the attention of national team coach Joachim Löw, who offered the 29-year-old striker his Germany debut in a friendly against Denmark in early June.
In his second appearance for Die MannschaftDie Mannschaft – a 7-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying win against San Marino – Wagner netted a hat-trick. The experienced forward subsequently went on to form part of Germany’s successful Confederations Cup squad.
Speaking after penning a one-year extension to his previous deal at Hoffenheim – who will compete in a UEFA Champions League play-off in August – the experienced forward said, "I’m happy to have agreed these terms. Looking ahead, I want to help the club continue on its successful path. [We] face a big challenge with our first foray into European competition and we are very ambitious.”
Hoffenheim coach Nagelsmann praised Wagner’s “on-field presence,” describing the much-travelled striker as, “a good character and a strong personality in the dressing-room,” who “added new components to his game last season.” A former Bayern Munich, Duisburg, Werder Bremen, Kaiserslautern and Hertha Berlin forward, Wagner completed his switch to Hoffenheim from Darmstadt ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
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