Euro 2020 Qualifiers: 3 Germany World Cup 2014 winners who survived Joachim Low's cull
After their disastrous World Cup campaign, and the shame of suffering relegation in the inaugural edition of the UEFA Nations League, it’s all change for the German national team going forward.
Last week saw boss Joachim Low make the stunning announcement that Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller – all key components of Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning side – would not be picked for Die Mannschaft again.
The move essentially marked the end of an era for Germany – as the players who took them to considerable success from 2008 through to 2017 are practically all out of the picture now. In fact, in the current squad for the fixtures against Serbia and a key Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands, only 3 members of the 2014 World Cup squad remain.
Here’s a look at those 3 players – and why they remain in Low’s plans.
#1 Manuel Neuer
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been Germany’s #1 since the 2010 World Cup, and in the decade that’s followed he’s garnered a reputation as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of the sport.
Neuer was named as the world’s best keeper by the IFFHS for 4 years in a row between 2013 and 2016, and earned a reputation as the original “sweeper keeper” under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
A key member of the 2014 World Cup winning side, Neuer conceded just 4 goals across the whole tournament, winning the Golden Gloves award as best keeper in the process. And it’s hardly a surprise that Joachim Low has kept faith in him in the years that have followed, even as Germany have slipped from their spot at the top of the international game.
Neuer was named team captain following the end of Euro 2016 and has been in the role ever since, and while the 2018 World Cup went badly for him – his mistake allowed South Korea to score their fateful second goal and seal Germany’s elimination – he remains Bayern’s #1 and appears to remain ahead of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in Low’s pecking order for the national side too.