German coach Hansi Flick said on Sunday Thomas Mueller will be left out of the squad for friendlies against Peru and Belgium this month “to give younger players a chance”.
In his speech to the German sports magazine Kicker, Flick said that the absence “does not mean that Mueller will not play in the 2024 Euro”, which will be hosted by Germany.
“Thomas Mueller will miss the next two games,” Flick said.
“Having discussed with him, I want to give a chance to young players to play for the national team.”
Germany will face Peru in Mainz on March 25 and then host Belgium in Cologne three days later.
Mueller, 33, played in his fourth World Cup last year. He was criticized for his performances in Qatar but said after the tournament he will not resign from international duty.
“As long as I am a professional football player, I will always be available for the national team if I am needed,” said Mueller.
Apart from giving the young players experience ahead of Euro 2024, Flick said the move would help Germany win again after two consecutive eliminations. in the World Cup.
“The most important thing is to show good football, good football, if the fans see that we are giving everything to play against Germany and we play with heart, it can be again mood changes quickly.
“When Jamal Musiala or Florian Wirtz is on the ball, the murmur goes into the stadium.”
Flick also spoke about the early departure of Germany in Qatar, saying “when you look at everything together, we should be destroyed.”
The team’s celebrations were marred by controversy over FIFA’s ban on wearing “One Love” armbands in support of the ‘other’ different from human rights.
While the dispute is said to have disrupted the team, Click said “in the future we must ask ourselves what issues can arise and how we can allow them to be presented on the team.”
“When we flew to Oman (for the camp before the World Cup), I said I want to focus on football.
“What happened after that was huge.”
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