He also discussed Merino and Rodri, saying Merino was "a great player and with a style of play similar to mine, who can play in a holding role or further forward. I also really like Rodri as a player. There have been great players in the side and more will come in the future," explained the midfielder.
Germany remained unimpressed and took the lead again in the 58th minute as Florian Neuhaus exchanged a one-two with Havertz to score on his international debut.
Espanyol's Wu Lei (4th R) and David Lopez (3rd R) react during a Spanish league segunda division match between RCD Espanyol and AD Alcorcon in Barcelona, Spain, on Oct 10, 2020. (Photo by Joan Gosa/ Xinhua)
"I've reached a level of maturity that has allowed me to be a part of the national team," he said. "It's a position in which we've always had players with a lot of quality that have created history.
"We didn't execute as we prepared for. Some players didn't respond well," rued Shandong coach Luka Sjekloca. Enditem
Earlier on Thursday, Paraguay drew 2-2 at home to Peru and Uruguay beat Chile 2-1 in Montevideo.
Fujian center Wang Qiuyi bagged a game-high 29 points, but it was not enough to stop her team from skidding.
"I felt well throughout the entire tournament. I thought I was in great form. But, you know, just he did surprise me with the way he was playing, the quality of tennis he was producing, the level. I mean, he's phenomenal."
"We made full preparation for this match, and restrained their main attackers quite well," said Inner Mongolia coach Zheng Wei.
Neymar was limited to physiotherapy on Thursday after limping off the pitch at Brazil's Granja Comary training base in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro, on Wednesday.
Brazil will face Bolivia in Sao Paulo on Friday and Peru in Lima next Tuesday.