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Update: The door could be open for Jerome Boateng, Thomas Müller, and Mats Hummels to return to Germany

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All things considered, this is incredibly diplomatic of Boateng.

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UPDATE [9:20PM EST]

Per Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg, the topic of reinstating Thomas Müller, Jerome Boateng, and Mats Hummels to the German national team is not something that’s been entirely excluded by the DFB officials. Sport1’s report says this specifically regarding a potential return for Germany’s excluded trio:

According to SPORT1 information, one thing is certain: a return campaign by one player, or even all three rejected players, is no longer unthinkable!

If Löw comes to the decision by March 2021, at the next DFB course, that Müller, Hummels and Boateng will strengthen the squad, he has full support from Bierhoff and the DFB Presidium for a nomination of the three world champions from 2014.

Just yesterday, reports indicated that a return for the German legends would only happen in an “extreme” situation like the squad enduring multiple injuries. Is Joachim Löw softening his stance or is the DFB applying pressure to include the country’s best players?

By March, we might know.


Once again, the DFB has decided to stick with the under fire Joachim Low as Germany’s national team manager for the foreseeable future. Naturally, the decision has been met with a great deal of criticism from German football fans as Die Mannschaft have not fared particularly well ever since their lackluster outing in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Despite all of the negativity surrounding the German National Team, Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng recently offered his support for the DFB’s decision to keep Low in charge in a recent interview with Bild (via Metro). Boateng was one of three players dropped from Die Mannschaft by Low in 2019, alongside Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels.

“I think it’s the right decision. I’m convinced that Jogi and his team will do well at the European Championships,” Boateng said of the DFB sticking with Low, yet again.

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It’s important to note that Boateng has been a consistent performer for Bayern ever since he was dropped from the German setup along with Muller and Hummels. Under Hansi Flick, the center-back has been a vitally important asset in the back line alongside David Alaba at a point in his career when it looked all but certain that he would be leaving Bayern this past summer. Muller has also been in sensational form ever since he was dropped and likewise Hummels for Borussia Dortmund. Both Muller and Hummels have also maintained diplomatic tones every time they’ve been asked about Low and/or the German National Team.

After Germany’s embarrassing 6-0 defeat to Spain during the most recent international break, Bastian Schweinsteiger had even called for the reinstating of Muller and Boateng to the national team while doing punditry work for ARD.

“The national coach and his team have one opinion, I personally and unfortunately have a different one. Players like Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller have won the treble, with the best team in Europe. They play in the first team and have quality and are German players. Why not for the national team,” Schweinsteiger said on the German broadcast.