Muller, Hummels still important for Germany, says Low

Joachim Low praised Thomas Muller's selflessness on the eve of his 100th Germany cap and reaffirmed his faith in the squad's veterans.

Germany head coach Joachim Low and Thomas Muller.   -  Getty Images

Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels will remain valued leaders for Germany with Joachim Low resisting the temptation to make wholesale changes following Nations League relegation.

Die Mannschaft's miserable year plunged into deeper disappointment when it was confirmed as finishing bottom of Group 1 in League A by Netherlands' win over France on Friday.

Some pride had been restored the previous day with a comfortable 3-0 friendly victory against Russia, a youthful starting XI flourishing as regulars Muller and Hummels were consigned to the bench.

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Though calls have been made for the pair to permanently assume less prominent roles, Low is not about to discard his trusted lieutenants.

"Muller and Hummels bring energy, which the younger players benefit from. It's a big deal if we start changing things around," said the Germany boss, who oversaw a group-stage exit at the World Cup.

 

"It's a shame that there's nothing more we can do in the Nations League. Now, we've got to learn the right lessons from a disappointing year and take appropriate measures."

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Bayern Munich midfielder Muller, scoreless in the Bundesliga since September, will win his 100th cap if he features in the final Nations League fixture against Netherlands on Monday.

The 29-year-old has been under pressure to hold his spot in the squad, but Low spoke glowingly of the 2010 World Cup Golden Boot winner's dedication during an eight-year international career.

"Thomas Muller deserves enormous respect. He's hardly ever injured and has always been with the national team, where other players might have said they are tired, need a break or were injured. He has busted his butt for the national team," he said.

Left-back Jonas Hector has been cleared to feature against Ronald Koeman's men after hurting his ankle in the win over Russia, although Marco Reus is in doubt with a bruised foot.

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