After a two-year leave, Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels have rejoined Germany’s Euro 2020 team.
Joachim Low has named the two players in his final 26-man squad for the tournament, which begins on June 11.
Muller of Bayern Munich and Hummels of Borussia Dortmund were both exiled from the international fold in 2019 when Low sought to usher in the country’s next wave of stars, but Low has reversed his decision ahead of Germany’s most recent major tournament debut.
Hummels, who played alongside Muller at Bayern Munich from 2016 to 2019, expressed his joy on Twitter. His reaction was after being recalled to the national team.
“I am ecstatic and honored to play for Germany once more,” he said.
Muller reacted to the news by sharing a photo of himself smiling with the caption Back again. He made his international debut in 2010. And has since gone on to earn 100 caps for Germany, scoring 38 goals.
Hummels, on the other hand, has played in 70 games for his country and scored five goals. Both men having been part of Low’s World Cup-winning squad in 2014.
Six Premier League stars, including Chelsea’s Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, also made the final cut. With Arsenal’s Bernd Leno expected to serve as a reserve goalkeeper behind Manuel Neuer.
Bayern Munich wonderkid Jamal Musiala has been called up after announcing his intention to play for Germany rather than England earlier this year. While Monaco’s Kevin Volland and Freiburg left-back Christian Gunter are the two most unexpected inclusions, both with just 11 caps.
Euro 2020 | Germany Full Squad:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern München), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernd Leno (FC Arsenal)
Defenders: Antonio Rüdiger (FC Chelsea), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Niklas Süle (Bayern München), Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Robin Gosens (Atalanta Bergamo), Robin Koch (Leeds United), Christian Günter (SC Freiburg), Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig)
Midfielders/Attackers: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern München), Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City), Serge Gnabry (Bayern München), Kai Havertz (FC Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Leon Goretzka (Bayern München), Timo Werner (FC Chelsea), Thomas Müller (Bayern München), Leroy Sane (Bayern München), Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jamal Musiala (Bayern München), Florian Neuhaus (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Kevin Volland (AS Monaco)