During the international break after Germany’s shocking 2-1 World Cup qualifying loss to North Macedonia, Uli Hoeness made a comment on a television appearance about not wanting to take Jerome Boateng to this summer’s European Championships with Germany.
Joachim Low has recently entertained the possibility of recalling Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels to the German national team, so Boateng’s name has also been mentioned since he was the third player that was dropped from the squad in March of 2019 along with Muller and Hummels.
If Hummels was to be recalled, Hoeness said he feels that there would be no need to include Boateng, as the squad would already have enough defenders in his opinion (Tz). “Well, I wouldn’t take him with me. We have enough good defenders. And when we have Hummels and Süle — I like Rüdiger a lot. Well, I think we’re well staffed there,” he explained.
Of course, Boateng’s future at Bayern has been in question over the past two seasons. Under Niko Kovac, it looked almost certain that he’d be leaving the club and that his days were numbered. Boateng, however, is one of a handful of players that have experienced a resurgence of form under Flick and he has proven that he’s still a vital defensive asset for Bayern and deserves to be in the conversation for Die Mannschaft. Speaking in his press conference ahead of the 1-0 win over RB Leipzig, Flick replied to Hoeness’s remark about his defender. “That’s his opinion. I know from Bayern Munich that you always support your players over the years. I’ve always felt that way. Jerome has been here for ten years and has twice won the triple. He made an incredible improvement out of a difficult situation and is back in top form,” Flick said.
Flick has been asked a barrage of questions regarding Die Mannschaft ever since Low announced he’d be stepping down after this summer’s European Championships. There’s also added pressure from the press since the DFB has confirmed they’ll be announcing Low’s successor prior to the start of the tournament. His name has contantalty been linked with the job, but he’s affirmed that he’s only focused on Bayern at the moment and that he has a contract to fulfill, which has been echoed by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. For Flick, he constantly has to be ready for questions about the German national team, but it’s clear that if the choice was his, at least for this summer, Boateng would more than likely be on the roster.