In a television interview on RTL earlier today, German National Team manager Joachim Low confirmed that German Premier League players will not be called up to the squad for the upcoming international break (via Bulinews). This will include Chelsea’s Timo Werner, Antonio Rudiger and Kai Havertz, Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan, and Arsenal’s Bernd Leno. They will all miss out on Die Mannschaft’s trio of World Cup Qualifiers against Iceland, Romania, and North Macedonia.
The issue at hand is that U.K based players would half to quarantine for a total of 14 days if they were to travel outside of the country and go to Germany, where the matches against Iceland and North Macedonia are set to take place in Duisburg as the MSV-Arena. The quintet of players would have to quarantine for two weeks and miss important matches for their clubs since the federal mandate in the U.K and Germany isn’t lifted until the end of the month.
Because of not being able to bring in those five players to the squad, Low revealed that he will be calling up Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala and Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz to the squad (Suddeutsche Zeitung). Asked whether or not the pair of youngsters will feature in any of the three qualifiers, Low replied, “I think you can already say that we are planning with both of them.” With regards to their potential inclusion in the final roster for this summer’s European Championships, Low said, “[it is] good that I can see them for a few days with us, as they show up in our group, that is perhaps a good indication of the direction of the tournament,” which makes it sound like there’s a strong chance both will be involved.
Additionally, Low also provided some insight on Musiala’s recent decision to represent Germany instead of England since he had dual eligibility to choose from. He said that there was really no pressure from himself or the DFB to choose Germany in the end and that it was his own decision. “We didn’t make any promises or promises to him, only that we would just enjoy his performance, that we would help him to follow the path, but it was his decision and we can accept an international match you still don’t give it,” he explained.