Ger­many drop Boateng in World Cup flop purge

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Long-time Ger­many stal­wart Jerome Boateng has been left out of na­tional coach Joachim Loew’s squad for in­ter­na­tion­als in Novem­ber and been told he could do with a break.

The 30-year-old 2014 World Cup win­ner, also strug­gling for form at Bay­ern Mu­nich, was in the side that slumped at Rus­sia 2018.

“I have spo­ken to Jerome Boateng and I’m con­vinced he could do with a good break,” Loew told a press con­fer­ence af­ter nam­ing his squad for a friendly with Rus­sia on Novem­ber 15 and against the Dutch in the Na­tions League four days later.

Loew added: “I told him I have sev­eral op­tions for his po­si­tion with many good young play­ers com­ing through.”

The na­tional coach used sim­i­lar terms in Septem­ber when an­nounc­ing there was no place for Ju­ven­tus mid­fielder Samir Khedira, who was also left off the lat­est list.

Loew over­saw an un­prece­dented Ger­man col­lapse in Rus­sia, where the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons lost to Mex­ico and South Korea and were knocked out in the first round.

Calls for change have been grow­ing since Ger­many were beaten 3-0 by the Nether­lands in Oc­to­ber and 2-1 by France three days later.

“I don’t want to just dump the 2014 gen­er­a­tion,” said Loew. “But it is now time for fur­ther changes.”

“The team needs pep­ping up and it’s my job to do that. I’m cer­tain there will be many more changes too be­fore Euro 2020,” he in­sisted.

Boateng took the news humbly, say­ing he had had a tir­ing year.

“Af­ter a pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion we agreed it would be best if I took a break af­ter what has been an ex­haust­ing year, which will al­low me to fo­cus on Mu­nich,” the man with 75 caps to his name said on Twit­ter.

Loew did how­ever de­fend Thomas Mueller when asked about other se­nior play­ers fac­ing com­pe­ti­tion for places.

“He puts in a great deal of en­ergy, which is why he is still in the team. But of course he is sub­ject to com­pe­ti­tion for his place,” he said.

SQUAD

Goal­keep­ers: Manuel Neuer (Bay­ern Mu­nich), Bernd Leno (Arse­nal/ENG), Kevin Trapp (Frank­furt)

De­fend­ers: Matthias Gin­ter (Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach), Jonas Hec­tor (Cologne), Mats Hum­mels (Bay­ern Mu­nich), Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Ger­main/FRA), An­to­nio Rudi­ger (Chelsea/ENG), Nico Schulz (Hof­fen­heim), Nik­las Suele (Bay­ern Mu­nich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Lev­erkusen)

Mid­field­ers: Ju­lian Brandt (Bayer Lev­erkusen), Ju­lian Draxler (Paris Saint-Ger­main/ FRA), Serge Gnabry (Bay­ern Mu­nich), Leon Goret­zka (Bay­ern Mu­nich), Kai Havertz (Bayer Lev­erkusen), Joshua Kim­mich (Bay­ern Mu­nich),

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/

ESP), Thomas Mueller (Bay­ern Mu­nich), Marco Reus (Borus­sia Dort­mund), Se­bas­tian Rudy (Schalke)

Strik­ers: Leroy Sane (Manch­ester City/ENG), Mark Uth (Schalke 04), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

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