The head coach has insisted that two seasoned stars be included in the selection when the team resumes their World Cup qualifications
Hansi Flick insisted that Germany would not repeat the Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller sagas and declared: “There is no age at which I exclude players”.
Hummels and Müller were both banned from the national team in 2019 as Joachim Löw tried to usher in a new era focused on developing the country’s next generation of talent.
Low’s plan ultimately failed when the team’s form stalled and he called both men back for the EM after their strong 2020/21 season at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
What did Hansi Flick say?
Low resigned from his 16-year tenure as German head coach after being eliminated in the round of 16 at Euro 2020, with Flick being drafted as his replacement after leaving Bayern Munich.
When asked whether he would consider Hummels and Müller before resuming World Cup qualification in 2022 in September, Flick told the DFB official website: “There is no age at which I exclude players from the national team.
“The most important thing is that the player is good enough and wants to be part of the national team.”
Hansi Flicks short-term goals in Germany
Flick outlined his desire to turn Germany back into a free-flowing offensive, while also warning that established stars must meet his demands for pace and effort in order to keep their place on the squad.
“We work with the best players in the country, they have to show that they are the best,” he said.
“It’s about every single player doing their best, giving everything. We want to fascinate the fans with our offensive game. We still have a lot to do.”
Germany is in third place in World Cup qualification group J after three games, next month the games against Liechtenstein, Armenia and Iceland are due.
Flick added the importance of winning these three games: “We want to get nine points and come first in the group stage – that’s clear.”
After two years full of trophies at FC Bayern, Flick has acquired the right to train his country after he was first moved to the Allianz Arena in November 2019 as the successor to Niko Kovac.
The 56-year-old scored the triple and ninth consecutive Bundesliga title for the club in 2019-20 but ultimately decided to cut his contract by two years to pursue his ambitions at international level.