Today, Monday, German coach Joachim Löw celebrates his 60th birthday and is a man in demand for that reason alone. But that will change little in the weeks and months leading up to the start of the European Championship in the summer of 2020. And of course Löw’s thoughts revolve around the tournament, which the world champion coach of the 2014 World Cup has not yet won in his successful coaching career.
In an interview with Bild, Löw gave a rather detailed insight into his considerations in terms of personnel. In particular, the German coach did not rule out a comeback of the world champions Mats Hummels, Thomas Müller and Jerome Boateng, who were eliminated almost a year ago in March 2019.
Especially the calls for Müller and Hummels in the Germany jersey have become louder in recent weeks in public. Now Löw declared that he still did not plan with the Routiniers for the international matches in Spain and against Italy at the end of March, but that he would certainly follow their performances.
Müller and Hummels would be ready
“In football, basically anything is possible, we’ve already experienced so much. Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller, like Jerome Boateng, are players of exceptional quality and with great merits for Germany.
We all , and I personally, owe a great deal to them. In the years leading up to the title win in 2014, the three of them experienced for themselves how they had advanced in their development to get the spaces they needed for the next step,” says Löw, who wants to stick to his plan, which was drawn up a year ago, to give the next generation the same space to develop as Hummels and Co.
“I still know what they can do and register their strong performances. And I know that I could rely on them as a possible option if we had problems just before the European Championship”, Löw keeps open the possibility of possibly resorting to the actually eliminated world champions for the German Euro 2020 squad in May. Müller and Hummels in particular have already made it clear in recent months that they are ready for this case and want to strengthen Germany in the 2020 European Championship Group F.
Looking ahead to the European Championship, Bundestrainer Löw is once again opening the door a little for Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller. Your opinion? #dfbteam pic.twitter.com/jl7KN1XxMR
— Sky Sport (@SkySportDE) February 2, 2020
Several returnees expected
First of all, Löw also wants to wait and see how the players who have been injured develop. Niklas Süle and Leroy Sane are working on the comeback after cruciate ligament tears, with Sane already one step further, but has not yet been used for Manchester City.
Nevertheless, a nomination of the former Schalker for the European Championship Test matches 2020 at the end of March is in the realm of possibility. Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer and Antonio Rüdiger will also be available again. Their performance against high-profile opponents such as Spain and Italy is also likely to determine whether Löw is more concerned about Hummels, Müller and perhaps Boateng.