Germany boss Oliver Bierhoff has once again made it clear that there are no plans to bring back Jerome Boateng and Thomas Müller.
|Oliver Bierhoff.||Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0|
Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff has reiterated that Jerome Boateng and Thomas Müller aren't expected to return to the national team set-up.
The duo were axed from the national team along with Mats Hummels last year and have been looked over by Germany coach Joachim Löw ever since, most recently for September's fixtures against Spain and Switzerland.
Boateng and Müller both played important roles in Bayern winning the treble, but their success at club level hasn't made Löw change his decision, says Bierhoff.
"I'm very pleased that both of them put in such great performances. I wrote to Thomas Müller and congratulated him. 'Jogi' Löw has repeatedly emphasized that they are competent and have a lot of quality. But within the coaching team, there was and is no concrete discussion about bringing them back at this time. Starting in September, we will focus on the next step in rebuilding our team. The young players have repaid our trust so far and should continue to grow," Bierhoff said in an interview with Sport Bild and added:
"We have decided to take this path. This has nothing to do with stubbornness. We are convinced that this is the right way to move forward. The national team has developed well over the past year.
"We are incredibly grateful to the likes of Boateng, Müller and Mats Hummels, and we have a close connection to them. You never know what's going to happen in football, but at the moment there is no need for action. We have our sights set on a long-term perspective, looking ahead to the European Championship in Germany in 2024."