European Championships | After a two-year hiatus, Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels made their formal return to Germany on Wednesday. Both players started in the friendly against Denmark, completing their comebacks after being dismissed by head coach Joachim Low in 2019.
Muller and Hummels have been nominated to Germany’s Euro 2020 team, but Boateng has not.
Germany’s World Cup defense went wrong in Russia 2018, with Low’s team exiting at the group stage. Low was under pressure to rebuild his team after that tournament, and he regarded Muller, Boateng, and Hummels as players who could be shipped away.
Low’s choice was divisive at the time, and it became much more difficult to defend as the trio’s club success grew. He chose to give Hummels, and Muller another chance before his farewell tournament as Germany’s head coach.
Muller claimed he understood Low’s choice at the time and had no bad feelings toward his coach in an interview with the German FA’s website this week.
The Bayern Munich player added, “It was undoubtedly a setback for me. My circumstances at the time weren’t similar to what I’ve been through in the previous year and a half. Because it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing for me. I appreciated Jogi’s choice from a sports standpoint. I understood what he was saying. But it’s all in the past now.”
Following friendlies against Denmark and Latvia, Germany will begin their Euro 2020 campaign on June 15 against France in a group round encounter.
Low’s team will next play Portugal and Hungary in the final two games of the group round.