AFP Ina Fassbender
German national football team coach Joachim Low opened the door for the first time on Sunday to the possibility of returning veterans Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels to “the Manshafts” before the European nations.
Loew, who was criticized for many of the team’s disappointing performances after his decision to bet on the new generation by excluding many of the main pillars that made the glories of the “Manchafts” in the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, said in a statement to the “ARD” channel: “When we start renewing we must not. We cut it and go all the way back. ”
Loew, who previously clung to the decision to exclude veterans after the disastrous exit from the group stage of the World Cup Russia 2018, added: “But the truth is that the (Corona) epidemic has deprived us of nearly a year of preparation and therefore we can now ask whether we should stop this renewal if this becomes so. Very necessary. ”
These words seem to be the beginning of a shift in Loew’s decision, under pressure from the media in his country, to return Bayern Munich stars Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng who shone remarkably and led their team to the Champions League title last season, and the defense rock of Borussia Dortmund Mats Hummels.
This trio was excluded by Loew in March 2019, and calls for their return to the national team multiplied after several disappointing performances, especially his humiliating loss to Spain with a half-dozen clean goals last November, which nearly cost Loew his post.
Loew said that he wants to make a decision to return them next May and that he does not intend to summon them next month in preparation for the start of the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Loew, who has coached the Manshaft since 2006, said that if necessary, players like Muller, Hummels and Boateng could “quickly return to the national team. We are fully aware of that, and we know that inside the national team, that will not be a problem.”