Borussia Dortmund’s trio of Julian Brandt, Mahmoud Dahoud, and Nico Schulz has not been named in the Euro 2020 German squad. The German national team manager Joachim Low announced his 26 man squad, which only featured 2 Dortmund players.
The selection for the national team did raise some eyebrows especially the exclusion of Mahmoud Dahoud. The midfielder has been impressive for Borussia Dortmund in the second half of the season. He cemented his position in the midfield, helping Dortmund to win their 5th DFB Pokal and also helped them to qualify for the next season’s Champions League.
Joachim Low replied during his press conference why the players were not included. As for Dahoud, Low rates the player very highly. He admitted that the 25-year-old could be called into action if some players were injured or pulled out of the current squad.
“Mo is a player who we know how well he has developed at BVB over the last few months. If something were to happen, Mo is a very good alternative.”– said Low.
However, in the case of Julian Brandt and Nico Schulz, the major reason for not naming them is their lack of playing time. Both the players have featured very little for Dortmund and have been in the periphery of the starting 11.
“Julian is a class footballer as we all know, but he hasn’t played enough games. Nico has simply played very, very little in the last 15 to 18 months.”– admitted Low.
The only 2 players to earn a spot in Joachim Low’s team are Mats Hummels and Emre Can. Hummels is returning to the national team after a period of 2 years. Germany is placed in the same group as Portugal, France and Hungary and hence have a hard path ahead for them.