News : EM squad from Löw: Müller and Hummels back in DFB-Elf – Sport
Joachim Löw brings Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels, who he retired two years ago, back to the national soccer team for a successful European championship. The 2014 world championship duo is part of the 26-player squad that the national coach presented on Wednesday in Frankfurt am Main.
“Now is the tournament. It is above all to play a successful tournament. Both played a very strong season. In terms of leadership they can give the team a lot,” said Löw, explaining the return of Dortmund’s defender Hummels (32) and Bayern attacker Müller (31), who is correct “at this point in time”. Especially from the 70-time national player Hummels, the national coach expects more stability on the shaky defensive. “We have to achieve that at the tournament. Mats has a very good influence on defense as a player. He has a lot of tournament experience,” said Löw.
Even with his last squad nomination, the DFB head coach, who left after the European Championships, came up with a few surprises. Löw called on striker Kevin Volland from AS Monaco and Freiburg defender Christian Günter, who had played his only international match in May 2014, as another returnee after years of absence.
“With his strong physique, his assertiveness and his goal risk, he can enrich us,” said Löw to the 28-year-old Volland. The national coach certified Günter, who is of the same age, “a great development” in the recent past: “What sets him apart is that he has very good dynamics. He brings energy into the game.”
Big Bayern block in the squad
Some prominent names such as Julian Draxler, Julian Brandt, Jonathan Tah and Amin Younes are missing from the line-up. Dortmund’s captain Marco Reus (31) had also declared that he would not participate in the European Championship “after a complicated, exhausting season” on Tuesday evening in consultation with Löw. After Marc-André ter Stegen’s injury-related retirement, Kevin Trapp and Bernd Leno are the goalkeepers behind captain Manuel Neuer. “We trust both of them absolutely,” said Loew.
Most of the players, namely eight, are from FC Bayern. The 18-year-old Jamal Musiala, who is also the youngest player in the squad, also belongs to the Munich block. The also 18-year-old Florian Wirtz from Leverkusen, however, was not appointed by Löw.
The EM, postponed by one year due to the corona pandemic, starts on June 11th. The final will take place in London on July 11th. Löw retired Müller and Hummels together with Bayern defender Jérôme Boateng (32) in the spring of 2019 during the great upheaval after the World Cup disaster in Russia in 2018. He did not bring back the 32-year-old Boateng, despite his high esteem. “You can interrupt a change,” said Löw about his rethinking at Müller and Hummels, who last played on November 19, 2018 in the Nations League in a 2-2 draw against the Netherlands in the national jersey.
Both could celebrate their international comeback during the preparations for the European Championship on June 2 in the friendly against Denmark in Innsbruck. From May 28th to June 6th, Löw and the DFB team will complete a training camp in Seefeld in Tyrol. The EM dress rehearsal will take place on June 7th in Düsseldorf against Latvia.
At the European Championship finals, the DFB selection will meet World Champions France (June 15), defending champions Portugal (June 19) and Hungary (June 23) in the group stage in Munich. “We want a team that is bursting with energy and ambition,” said Löw. He already classifies the group games as “knockout games”.
The German EM squad:
Goal: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernd Leno (Arsenal FC)
Defense: Antonio Rüdiger (FC Chelsea), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Robin Gosens (Atalanta Bergamo), Robin Koch (Leeds United), Christian Günter (SC Freiburg), Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig)
Midfield / Attack: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), İlkay Gündoğan (Manchester City), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Kai Havertz (Chelsea FC), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Timo Werner (Chelsea FC), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sané (Bayern Munich), Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Florian Neuhaus (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Kevin Volland (AS Monaco)