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Joachim Low - Running scared of OWC

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3 minutes ago, Richardh said:

https://twitter.com/skysportspaulg/status/1102954305991163905

Looks like @NorthernIreland will face a younger Germany side later this year. Joachim Low tells Bild that Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels will no longer be considered for international duty as they need to “lay foundations for the future”

Just saw this on Instagram. Good news for us as they are three fantastic footballers, but seems a very bold move from Low! 

Muller is 29, with Hummels and Boateng only turning 30 in the past 6-8 months.

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6 minutes ago, mervillegawa said:

Just saw this on Instagram. Good news for us as they are three fantastic footballers, but seems a very bold move from Low! 

Muller is 29, with Hummels and Boateng only turning 30 in the past 6-8 months.

Boateng isn't the greatest of defenders while Muller's goals have dried up in recent years. I'm sure they will hardly be replaced with a couple of mugs.

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Big surprise about Hummels. I think he's one of the best players I've seen against us in recent years 

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2 hours ago, Richardh said:

https://twitter.com/skysportspaulg/status/1102954305991163905

Looks like @NorthernIreland will face a younger Germany side later this year. Joachim Low tells Bild that Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels will no longer be considered for international duty as they need to “lay foundations for the future”

I wonder is there a thread on a parallel German site noting that Michael will likely no longer be selecting Aaron Hughes, Gareth McAuley and Jamie Ward etc? :whistling:

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the 3 of them are decent, Hummels the stand out quite a surprise this

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Imagine the luxury of doing that. We’d still be playing the 3 of them at 49 and 50.

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1 hour ago, Villa Mike said:

Imagine the luxury of doing that. We’d still be playing the 3 of them at 49 and 50.

While hoping they had a last hurrah in the SPL.... 

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It seems like an odd move by the finger sniffer. 

I can understand any player not being picked, but to tell them never again. Really?

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Interesting if he's been told to do it by those above him, or if it's public opinion in Germany that younger players need brought in immediately. But if it's his own decision, and he leaves the post before the start of the 19/20 club season, I wouldn't be surprised to see a new national team manager come in and stick with the experienced centre backs. Both are class acts.

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if we took Davis, Evans, Cathcart out no, quality to replace them

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Germany will always have exceptional players to replace the old guard, youngsters who will be even hungrier to make an impression, so be careful what you wish for. They hammered us 0-3 and 4-0 in the late ‘90s whilst apparently experiencing a dip in form. They regrouped after the calamities of Euro 2000 and losing 1-5 to England in 2001 and subsequently made the 2002 World Cup final. Then a team of relative ‘unknowns’ in 2010 tore both England and Argentina new sphincters, narrowly missing out on another final. And remember their last visit to Windsor? Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner (who?) teaching us a football lesson with top notch finishes.

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1 hour ago, jcm said:

Germany will always have exceptional players to replace the old guard, youngsters who will be even hungrier to make an impression, so be careful what you wish for. They hammered us 0-3 and 4-0 in the late ‘90s whilst apparently experiencing a dip in form. They regrouped after the calamities of Euro 2000 and losing 1-5 to England in 2001 and subsequently made the 2002 World Cup final. Then a team of relative ‘unknowns’ in 2010 tore both England and Argentina new sphincters, narrowly missing out on another final. And remember their last visit to Windsor? Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner (who?) teaching us a football lesson with top notch finishes.

You're right, they have a seemingly endless capacity to reinvent and restore themselves. But it doesn't always happen straightaway.

We just have to hope that their present rebuilding job takes another year or two before it completely shows results, so that we catch them in between great sides?

And of course, though there is not always a direct correlation between the National Team and club football, it may offer some further (small) hope that their domestic game may be going through a bit of a dip* at the moment. 

 

* - Only Bayern have a good chance of getting through to the Quarters of the CL, and only Eintracht left in the last 16 of the EL, where they face Inter. Also their increasing pursuit of good young talent for the Bundesliga, from England and beyond. 

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Currently Germany - 0  Serbia - 1, a new look German side who look fairly ordinary although it's early days and a friendly. 

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