It’s nearly two years to the date that Joachim Low made the decision to drop Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng, and Mats Hummels from the German national team. Coincidentally, the trio of players have all been performing well for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, respectively, Muller the strongest of the three with his goals and assists contributions.
Just days after Joachim Low revealed he would entertain the idea of recalling at least Muller to Die Mannschaft’s squad, Muller said that he would be ready to go when he spoke to Sky Sports Germany after Bayern’s big 4-2 win over Dortmund (Bundesliga.com). “I feel like chasing titles in the summer. We’ll see if it’s the end for me after the Champions League final or whether I will play for the national team. I’m definitely ready,” the Raumdeuter explained.
Since dropping Muller, Boateng, and Hummels from the German setup, Low has been insistent on sticking to his laurels of trying to integrate more younger players while still keeping a small core of veteran players. Germany’s performances between friendlies, the UEFA Nations League, and European Championship qualifiers have been significantly below par, though, and Low has finally realized how beneficial it could be to have Muller back in the setup.
Since he was dropped by Low, Muller has scored 26 goals and provided 50 assists from a total of 79 appearances across all competitions for Bayern (not including DFL, UEFA Supercups and FIFA Club World Cup). Not for nothing, either, but he broke the Bundesliga’s single season assists record last season, tallying 21 assists en route to Bayern’s treble winning triumph. The numbers speak for themselves and Low would face a barrage of increased criticism if he were to not follow through on his word and leave Muller out of Germany’s squad for this summer’s European Championships.
In the Euros, Germany has been drawn to group F along with France, Portugal, and Hungary. Low has already said that if he does recall Muller, the upcoming international break at the end of this month would be too soon when Germany begins their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign. The idea is to get him back into the suqad if they’re going to do so in the buildup to this summer’s UEFA European Championships.