Sami Khedira has taken a swipe at Germany boss Joachim Low over his decision to axe the experienced trio of Muller, Hummels, and Boateng from the national team.
Sami Khedira has aired his thoughts to Germany coach Joachim Low and remains against the decision that saw Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, and Thomas Muller axed from the national side.
Low is under immense pressure as Germany boss but retains the full support of the country’s footballing body. It comes after the shock result of losing 6-0 at the hands of Spain in the Nations League last month.
Going back in time a bit, Low made some changes to the Germany setup following their shock exit in the group stage at the 2018 World Cup.
Khedira, along with Boateng, Hummels and Muller, was among a group of senior players told their international careers were over. All the mentioned players have not featured since.
Low recently claimed there is a chance he could welcome some of those players back, but the Juventus star says that decision should never have been made in the first place.
“If you have good young players, then they first have to assert themselves against older players of the same quality,” Khedira told Bild.
“But if I clear the streets for young players and say: ‘You are young, you are a candidate for 2022 or 2024’, that for me is absolutely the wrong call.”
Khedira feels Low needs to show mental strength and recall Boateng, Hummels, and Muller as he feels team identity has been lost.
“The national team has lost a bit of its identity in recent years,” he said. “Through many changes, through many new invitations. The community has slackened a bit.
“Every club stands for something. The national team, on the other hand, is currently looking for what it stands for. That shows that what was started after the 2018 World Cup is not yet bearing fruit.”