After a humiliating 6-0 loss to Spain capping off a lacklustre two-year run under Joachim Low, the Bayern Munich duo of Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng, along with Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels were expected to be considered for the German national team’s roster for the Euros. According to SPORT1 reporter Florian Plettenberg, however, that return may never materialise unless an acute shortage of personnel occurs:
News Trio @DFB_Team: Despite their performances, Löw is not planning to nominate at least one player of the trio (Müller, Hummels, Boateng) in March. Only in the case of an acute shortage of personnel they could make a comeback (at the earliest for the EM2021 nomination). @SPORT1— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) January 29, 2021
Calling back the trio to the national setup was allegedly part of the discussion between the DFB sporting director Oliver Bierhoff and Low after the loss to Spain. Now it seems that Low has regained his confidence to carry on without the ejected senior players barring any injuries.
The possibility of representing Germany in the Olympics has also been thrown around for a while to give the decorated trio a befitting and deserving exit from the national team. Per Plettenberg however, Muller and Boateng will not be travelling with Germany to the Olympics.
Both of these reports, while being frustrating to some, do come with silver linings. Jogi Low’s arrogance to bite his words could ultimately lead to his departure from the Mannschaft as head coach. With Muller and Boa not on the Olympic list, they could still potentially be available on short notice for the Euros — with or without Low — should Germany want them. Given the current unsteady position of Low, this situation will very much evolve as the international fixtures play out.