Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jurgen Klinsmann and Mesut Ozil have called for the return of ‘leaders’ Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller after Germany were trashed 6-0 in the Nations League by Spain. The experienced were axed from the national team in March 2019 as head coach Joachim Low looked to build a new German team for the future with young players.
“The national coach and his team have one opinion but unfortunately I personally have a different one,” the former midfielder explained to ARD. “Players like Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller won the treble with the best team in Europe. They play regularly in the first team and are quality German players. Why aren’t they in the national team?”
The former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder was also supported by former German icon Jurgen Klinsmann. “The biggest question still is about leadership – who is the real leader of that team? Obviously Manuel Neuer is a very quiet, very strong personality and still an outstanding goalkeeper, but nobody on the field besides Neuer has stepped it up in the last two years.”
“The team lacks a leader, it’s sad to see. It lacks a personality that after the second or third goal sends out some signals, does something, does a foul, interrupts the game, gets in the face of the Spanish players, and that raises the big question about Thomas Muller. Muller is a leader. He’s the leader of the pack at Bayern Munich still because he keeps the young players in line.”
And Ozil also responded to the absence of Boateng. The midfielder has not played for Germany since their humiliating exit at the 2018 World Cup, asked for the return of his former German teammate Boateng. He posted on Twitter: ‘Time to take Jerome Boateng back’.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) November 17, 2020