Veteran superstars Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller have been recalled by the German national team for Euro 2020. The pair returns to the national setup after a 2-year absence.
Germany manager Joachim Low has named his 26 men squad for the European Championship which starts on June 11th. Both Hummels and Muller were exiled from the international setup in 2018 by Low. However, Low seems to have made a U-turn on his previous decision.
MULLER AND HUMMELS PROVE CLASS IS PERMANENT
Removal from the national side seems to have motivated both Muller and Hummels. The pair have notched up their performance ever since and have left their manager with no other choice.
Muller regained his past form in this period and transformed into a creative powerhouse under Hansi Flick for Bayern Munich. The attacking midfielder, broke the record for most assist in a season in the 2019/20 campaign, by assisting for 21 goals. This season he has matched the performance by assisting 18, with one match remaining.
Hummels on the other hand decided to move back to Borussia Dortmund from Bayern Munich in 2019. He has been a vital presence for them in the defence. He’s played 32 out of 33 matches for Dortmund this season in the Bundesliga and scored 5 goals for them. His experience was also a key factor in marshaling a young squad towards a DFB Pokal victory.
Muller has played 100 matches for Germany and has scored 38 times. Hummels on the other hand was capped by his nation 70 times, scoring 5 goals in that time. Both the players were an important part of the 2014 team that won the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
REACTIONS AND TEAM NEWS
The pair were happy on receiving the news of their inclusion in the German squad. Both of them took to Twitter to express their gratitude for the selection. While they made it into the squad, fellow teammate Marco Reus has made himself unavailable for selection. Marc- Andre ter Stegen also misses out on the Euros to undergo knee surgery.
The Germany squad for Euro 2020 are:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Bernd Leno, Kevin Trapp
Defenders: Antonio Rudiger, Mats Hummels, Matthias Ginter, Niklas Suele, Emre Can, Lukas Klostermann, Robin Gosens, Robin Koch, Christian Gunter, Marcel Halstenberg.
Midfielders: Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan, Kai Havertz, Toni Kroos, Leon Goretzka, Jonas Hofmann, Florian Neuhaus, Jamal Musiala.
Forwards: Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Timo Werner, Leroy Sane, Kevin Volland.
Germany will face tough competition in Euros 2020, placed in Group F alongside France, Portugal, and Hungary. With such tough competition, Joachim Low has rightfully recalled his experience stars to give them the edge.