Germany coach Joachim Low has revealed Torsten Frings was another player to express his disappointment at being relegated to the bench for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Russia.
But while striker Kevin Kuranyi drew criticism for walking out on the squad at the weekend, Low praised Frings for his reaction to not being included in the starting XI.
The Werder Bremen midfielder played only the last six minutes of Germany's 2-1 win after Low instead kept faith with Thomas Hitzlsperger and Piotr Trochowski, who have impressed during Frings' injury-enforced absence recently.
"I told Torsten on Friday evening and I had the impression he was very, very disappointed, and he told me so," explained Low in the Bild newspaper.
"But it was excellent how he behaved, it was exemplary."
More disappointment may be on the way for the 31-year-old as Low has another tough team selection to make for Wednesday's qualifier with Wales.
"There are no guaranteed places," Low added. "I will now try and talk with Torsten again."
But Low is confident Frings will not follow in the footsteps of Kuranyi by cutting ties with the national team.
"I hope not - we are counting on him," Low added.
Schalke striker Kuranyi is unlikely to play for the national team again after he walked out during the interval against Russia having been left out of the 18-man squad for the match.