Juventus midfielder Emre Can is not too happy with Joachim Low about being left out of the German national team squad once again. In an interview with SportBild, Can voiced his frustration at not being called up for the friendly against Serbia and the Euro 2020 qualifier against The Netherlands.
The former Liverpool man has had a decent season with Juventus in Serie A, having scored four goals and providing one assist in a campaign that has left Juventus 15 points clear at the top of the table ahead of second-placed Napoli. Playing in Italy, he feels, doesn’t give him as fair of a shot for the national team, as he’s one of the only prominent Germans that plays in Serie A:
I’ll leave that without comment; others should judge that. But I will say this: my performances are definitely judged differently abroad than they are in Germany
Can has not featured for Die Mannschaft since October when he started as a center mid in the UEFA Nations League loss to the Netherlands. Before that, he didn’t earn a spot in the World Cup squad and had not featured since 2017 in a friendly against France that ended in a 2-2 draw. Not to mention, Can was an integral part of the younger squad that lifted the 2017 Confederations Cup title in Russia.
Even prior to the 2018 World Cup, Can had expressed his discontent of being left out of the starting lineup for Liverpool in the Champions League final as Jurgen Klopp had shown a preference to Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, and James Milner in his midfield. Additionally, he had been dealing with a back injury in the latter stages of the season prior to the Champions League final and felt that no one really cared to keep tabs on him from Die Mannschaft’s coaching staff:
Of course I hoped until the end that I’d still play in the Champions League final. But if you’ve been sidelined for a few months, you have to accept the decision. I was very disappointed, however, that no one on the coaching staff at that time called me or ever asked, “How are you doing?” Only the DFB doctors ever asked about me.
Even with the latest snub from Low, Can still has ambitions of becoming a regular member of the National Team moving forward.
My ambition remains to be a regular, key player on the national team.