Joachim “Jogi” Löw has welcomed back four Bayern Munich players for the upcoming internationals after much-needed rest. Missing Germany’s previous matches due to fatigue after their Champions League glory, Joshua Kimmich, Manuel Neuer, Leon Goretzka, and Serge Gnabry have returned to the German squad.
Here's Joachim #Löw's squad for our upcoming matches against Turkey, Ukraine and Switzerland— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) October 2, 2020
ℹ️ Neuer, Süle, Kimmich, Goretzka, Gnabry, Klostermann, Halstenberg and Kroos will only feature in the UEFA Nations League games.#DieMannschaft #GERTUR #UKRGER #GERSUI pic.twitter.com/5zCLf2dKH0
Joining the Bayern quartet as returning players are RB Leipzig defenders Marcel Halstenberg and Lukas Klostermann. The six returning players will be available only for the Nations League games against Ukraine on October 10 and Switzerland on October 13. They won’t be available for the friendly against Turkey on October 7, hence the large squad.
Leroy Sané and Thilo Kehrer are both injured, while Ilkay Gundogan tested positive for coronavirus. Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, and Thomas Müller are still not a part of Löw’s plan.
- Marco Reus is missing, and this is understandable. He has been injured for months and has just gotten back to match-fitness. Risking him for Nations League seems unnecessary.
- Benjamin Henrichs has been selected out of nowhere. That could have a lot to do with the fact that he is now an RB Leipzig player.
- Defensively, it seems as if Löw has chosen his players on old merits and not form. Antonio Rüdiger is not playing much for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, and Jonathan Tah is on the bench for Bayer Leverkusen. Löw has ignored exciting young Bundesliga talents such as Jordan Torunarigha or Felix Uduokhai, but I can understand why they are not mature enough for the national team just yet.
- Nico Schulz does not play much for Dortmund either but has been very good as the left-back in a five-man defense for the national team.
- It would have been cool for Ridle Baku, who just transferred to VFL Wolfsburg, to be a part of the national team squad for the first time, although there is fierce competition.
- Jonas Hofmann could make his national debut at the age of 28.