International recalls for experienced Bayern Munich duo Thomas Müller and Jérôme Boateng plus Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels have been ruled out by German coach Joachim Löw.
In March 2019, as he looked to plan into the future after Germany flopped at the 2018 World Cup, Löw sent the three players into the international wilderness.
Attacking midfielder Müller (100 caps), and defensemen Boateng (76 caps) and Hummels (70 caps) has 246 appearances between them for Germany and were all in the squad that won the 2014 World Cup, but the trio is over 30 years of age.
Germany qualified for Euro 2020, but in recent games, their defense, in particular, has been weak, producing seven goals in their last three matches, leading to calls for reconsideration by Boateng and Hummels.
Löw, however, said that, unless it was an emergency, he would avoid the temptation to bring all of the trios back into the fold.
“Basically, we chose not to pick these players, and now nothing has changed,” Löw told Kicker. Now we can’t go back. They’re fantastic players in the class.
If next year, due to the failure of key players, a completely new situation emerges for us, I will analyze it accordingly and think about alternative scenarios.’
How three famous players were jettisoned, who are still integral to their club sides, has helped fuel a growing discord between the fans of Germany and the setup of the national team.