German legend Klaus Fischer was among the many people who were stunned when Germany manager Joachim Löw unceremoniously cut Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller back in 2019.
Müller, of course, was axed with Jérôme Boateng and Mats Hummels in a highly-controversial set of moves by Löw.
“How could Löw do that in 2019? If players like Müller, Mats Hummels or Jérôme Boateng ever have a dip in form, I can give them a break. No problem. But cut them completely? No. When such players have regained their form, they belong in the national team,” Fischer said to Abendzeitung. “That’s where the best players have to play. These measures don’t exactly speak for the quality of the national coach. And Löw has been given the bill for it: his team is no longer among the world’s best. If I were Müller, I wouldn’t play for Germany anymore. I would have the pride to say no.”
Fischer, who is currently the Bundesliga’s second all-time leading scorer (well, until Robert Lewandowski passes him), is clearly from a harder generation of players that did not take slights so well...and rightfully so.
While Müller has already stated he would return to Germany if called upon, there is surely a feeling that he was wrongfully cut in the first place and probably a little vindication should the DFB come back calling his name.
Regardless, we might get to see this situation play out and it looks like Müller is going to get another call-up.