Serge Gnabry is the first Germany international to score a hat-trick on debut for 40 years after his goals helped the world champions crush minnows San Marino 8-0.
The last German to grab three goals on their first international appearance was Dieter Muller in the 1976 European Championship semi-final after he came on as substitute against Yugoslavia to help his country into the final.
Gnabry, the 21-year-old Werder Bremen winger who left Arsenal at the start of this season, saw his hat-trick come in less crucial circumstances in an easy win over minnows San Marino – ranked 201st in the world rankings.
The win extends Germany’s perfect record in World Cup qualification Group C ahead of their fifth qualifier, a trip to Azerbaijan in March.
“Naturally, I did not expect to score three goals on debut – that pleases me very much,” Gnabry said to the DFB website after the game.
“The coach told me to simply play my game and show my self-confidence. The last two years were very hard for me.
“Self-awareness grows with games. I have a run and I hope this will continue.”
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) November 11, 2016