Bayern Munich star and Germany captain Manuel Neuer understands the current state of the national team. A squad mostly comprised of early-career and mid-career players, mixed with a smidge of veteran performers has left the team low on leadership and experience — especially with Joshua Kimmich injured.
Addressing the elephant in the room, Neuer admitted that the three players Joachim Löw has shunned in 2019 could be a big help to the team’s performance and dynamics.
“All three players could help us in principle. They have proven that often enough in the past and none of the three, neither Thomas nor Mats nor Jerome, have ended their DFB careers,” Neuer told Bild.
Neuer, of course, was talking about Thomas Müller, Mats Hummels, and Jerome Boateng. The 2014 World Cup-winning trio was cast away by Löw, but many are calling for the threesome to make a return in hopes of solidifying a very shaky roster.
“Of course it’s a public issue, but let’s just wait and see how things develop. In principle, it is the decision of the national team coach,” Neuer said.
Despite Neuer’s statements, Löw has refused to budge off of his stance in excluding the three players. Will he remain so staunch in his stance to leave them out as the calls for change grow louder?
Knowing Löw...probably so.