Both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund’s front offices feel that Joachim Low should seriously reconsider adding both Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels to the German National Team. It’s an opinion that’s widely shared amongst German football fans, let alone just Bayern and Dortmund fans, as both players have been playing well for their respective clubs ever since they were dropped from Die Mannschaft.
In a new report from SportBild (via Sport1), both Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Hans-Joachim Watzke said that they would like to see Muller and Hummels recalled to the German National Team, especially now that the European Championships have been postponed to next summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ultimately, Watzke stressed, the personnel decisions for Die Mannschaft are up to Jogi Low and the coaching staff, but he emphasized the fact that there will certainly be continued backlash if he doesn’t bring back Muller and Hummels. Both players, he feels, deserve spots in the German setup next summer if they continue on in the form they’re both playing at right now: “Joachim Löw must make this decision, not me. But I’m sure that he will go to the European Championship with the best possible team, because it’s about a big title. If Mats, just like Thomas Müller, maintains his outstanding level, then the national coach will not be able to get past either of them.”
Rummenigge echoed Watzke’s opinion and also added to it the fact that both Muller and Hummels bring the necessary personalities to the dressing room for Germany as well as a veteran presence: “Both play at a very high level. What distinguishes both of them apart from their sporting quality is their personality. Mats is an extremely important factor in Dortmund. Thomas is not only a player on the court, but also a whip. I’ve never experienced how he motivates his players and pulls them along.”
Watzke concluded by saying that at the end of the day, Low has the difficult decisions to make, but he trusts that he’ll do what’s best for the team. “Joachim Löw is success oriented. I am sure of it,” Watzke said. Of course, what else would Watzke say in this situation without crossing any diplomatic lines? It’s clear that both he and Rummenigge desperately want Muller and Hummels back on the German National Team, but only time will tell if Low can eventually be convinced enough to do so.